Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Houston hasn’t been a factor on the national basketball scene since the days of Clyde Drexler and Phi Slamma Jamma in the 1980s.
Yet the Cougars are hoping to return to national prominence in the near future with the additions of two very talented players from the Class of 2012.
Danuel House, an extremely athletic 6-foot-7 forward from Houston Hightower, and Danrad “Chicken” Knowles, a 6-9 forward from the Homeschool Christian Youth Association, both committed to Houston Sunday at the RCS Sports “Rucker on Wood” event.
Knowles, a native of the Bahamas, is the No. 4 power forward in the Class of 2012. Both play for the Texas Pro grassroots program.
“Coach [James] Dickey made me feel like I was wanted and loved on my official visit,” House, the Rivals No. 4 small forward in the Class of 2012, told the Houston Chronicle. “He just talked to me and told me I could start a new tradition by taking my own leap of faith — to start something new, a new tradition, and bring that Phi Slama Jama back and maybe we can start something new. That was big. That’s why me and Chicken decided to go to UH.”
(Photo courtesy Houston Chronicle)
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.