In one of the more significant recruiting developments since the days of "Phi Slama Jama" at the University of Houston, a pair of Top 100 seniors delivered verbal commitments Sunday to new Cougar head coach James Dickey.Danuel House
of Fort Bend Hightower (Missouri City, Texas)
and Danrad "Chicken" Knowles
of HCYA North (Houston)
became the first members of Houston's 2012 recruiting class, rewarding Dickey for his focus on local talent.
"I think it signals a real positive direction for the program," said Marland Lowe, the duo's club coach with Texas PRO. "James Dickey has made a point to concentrate on the city of Houston unlike the previous coaching staffs."
House, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound wing, is rated No. 36 in the MaxPreps.com Class of 2012 Top 100. The four-star prospect helped Hightower go 28-8 and reach the Class 5A state semifinals as a junior. He posted 13.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
"He brings lots of energy," Lowe said of House. "He is an electric guy and does a lot of little things. He's a special kid."
Knowles, a 6-10, 190-pound forward, was one of the summer's biggest success stories, going from a virtual unknown to No. 78 on the Top 100 since the end of the high school season in March.
"He is making a lot of progress but his best years are still way ahead of him," Lowe said of Knowles, a native of The Bahamas. "He is learning to play at a high level all the time. He just needed the court time and he is getting that now."