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UH and Texas Tech shining on the hardwood

Charlie Pallilo talks about the great start to the season Houston and Texas Tech are enjoying, and discusses the upcoming games for both teams on Thursday night. UH faces Utah State at 7 PM and the Red Raiders play Duke at 6 PM.

The Houston Cougars add Tramon Mark, Jamal Shead and Kiyron Powell on National Signing Day.

Houston Cougars welcome new players on signing day

The Houston Cougars just kicked off their 2019-20 college basketball season, but that does not mean head coach Kelvin Sampson is not preparing for the future. On Wednesday, the Cougars announced the signings of Tramon Mark, Jamal Shead and Kiyron Powell, three high school recruits who will be attending the University of Houston during the fall of 2020.

Tramon Mark, a 6'4 combo guard from Dickinson, TX, comes to Houston as the Cougars' top recruit. He is currently ranked 67th in the national (third in the state of Texas), according to 24/7 Mark averaged 26.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists during his junior year, as he was named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 6A All-State Team honors last season.

Mark will be attending Houston alongside another Texas native, Jamal Shead. As a junior guard at Manor High School in Manor, TX, Shead led his school to the 2019 state tournament averaging 18.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists. Shead comes to Houston ranked as the sixth-best player in the state and the 20th best point guard in the nation.

While Houston added one of the most exciting backcourts in the country, Sampson and his staff did not forget about adding some much-needed depth to their front court.

Next fall, the Cougars will welcome Kiyron Powell to their program, a 6'10 forward from Indiana. According to 24/7, Powell is held as one of the top rim protectors in the nation, averaging 6.8 blocks per game. Ranked as the sixth-best player in the state of Indiana and the 21st big man in the county, Powell became an all-star during his junior season averaging 10.6 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.

After signing one four-star recruit (Mark) and two three-star (Shead & Powell), the Houston Cougars will have one of the nation's Top-20 recruiting classes of 2020.