2010–11 Houston Cougars men's basketball team

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2010–11 Houston Cougars men's basketball
Houston Cougars Logo (1999-2012).svg
Conference Conference USA
2010–11 record 12–18 (4–12 C-USA)
Head coach James Dickey
Assistant coach Alvin Brooks
Assistant coach Daniyal Robinson
Assistant coach Ulric Maligi
Home arena Hofheinz Pavilion
Seasons
« 2009–10 2011–12 »
2010–11 Conference USA men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
UAB 12 4   .750     22 9   .710
Tulsa 11 5   .688     19 13   .594
UTEP 11 5   .688     25 10   .714
Memphis 10 6   .625     25 10   .714
Southern Miss 9 7   .563     22 10   .688
Marshall 9 7   .563     22 12   .647
Southern Methodist 8 8   .500     20 15   .571
East Carolina 8 8   .500     18 16   .529
UCF 6 10   .375     21 12   .636
Rice 5 11   .313     14 18   .438
Houston 4 12   .250     12 18   .400
Tulane 3 13   .188     13 17   .433
2011 CUSA Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2010–11 Houston Cougars men's basketball team represented the University of Houston in the college basketball 2010–11 season. It is their 66th year of season play. The head coach for the Cougars was James Dickey, who was serving in his 1st year in that position. The team played its home games at Hofheinz Pavilion on-campus in Houston and are members of Conference USA.

With a win over #19 UCF during mid-season play, Houston defeated a nationally ranked opponent at home for the first time since the 2005 season.

Roster[edit]

Trumaine Johnson played ten games with Houston during the season, but left the team due to "personal reasons" on January 14, 2011.[1]

2010–11 Houston Cougars men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
G 0 Young, JosephJoseph Young (I) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Houston, Texas
F 1 McLean, MikhailMikhail McLean 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Houston, Texas
G 2 Nixon, ZamalZamal Nixon 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Sr Brooklyn, New York
F 3 McNeil, MauriceMaurice McNeil 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sr New York, New York
G 4 Tellis, CoryCory Tellis 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr Friendswood, Texas
G 5 Haywood, NickNick Haywood 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Monroe, Louisiana
G 11 Thibodeaux, DarianDarian Thibodeaux 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Dallas, Texas
F 21 Harris, AlandiseAlandise Harris 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Fr Little Rock, Arkansas
G 31 Brown, AdamAdam Brown 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr San Antonio, Texas
F 32 Van Slyke, KirkKirk Van Slyke 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So The Woodlands, Texas
G 33 Johnson, TrumaineTrumaine Johnson (S) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS Jr Houston, Texas
F 40 Washington, KendrickKendrick Washington 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 260 lb (118 kg) So Shreveport, Louisiana
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2010-11-22

Incoming recruits[edit]

This season, Houston had five incoming recruits. Freshman Joseph Young, who is the son of Phi Slama Jama-era Houston player and former NBA player Michael Young, had originally committed and signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play at Providence, but chose to play for Houston instead.[2] Although Young requested a release from his NLI, Providence head coach Keno Davis denied it.[3] Young then appealed to the National Letter of Intent advisory committee, but the denial was upheld. Due to the rules of the NCAA, Young is being treated as a transfer student, and is required to sit-out for all games this season. However, he will be eligible to play during the 2011–12 season.

Trumaine Johnson transferred to Houston from San Diego where he played as a guard. Johnson cited racial discrimination against the University of San Diego, and is currently suing the school.[4] Johnson played ten games with Houston until he sustained an ankle injury. Following the injury, he remained with the team for the next four games, but did not play. On January 14, 2011, it was announced that Johnson had left the team for personal reasons.[1]

Houston had several other recruits, but granted releases to them prior to the beginning of the season. Marial Dhal, a 7' 3" center from Uganda, originally committed to Houston on May 1, 2010 and signed an NLI, but was granted a release after head coach Tom Penders stepped down from his position.[5] He then committed, and began play for Canisius. In a similar fashion, Devon Lamb, who had verbally committed to Houston on February 15, 2010, chose to play for Lamar also due to a change of staff.

Fabyon Harris of Chicago originally committed on May 10, 2010, and eventually signed an NLI to Houston, but was granted a release for "personal and family" reasons on August 16, 2010.[6] He then committed to playing for Howard College in the NJCAA, but was dismissed from the team before the season began following an arrest in which Harris had shoplifted a television from a Wal-Mart retail store in Big Spring, Texas with two other teammates.[7]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Alandise Harris
SF
Little Rock, Arkansas Central HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Jun 16, 2010 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 89
Darian Thibodeaux
SG
Dallas, Texas Kimball HS / Navarro JC 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 173 lb (78 kg) May 1, 2010 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 40
Joseph Young
SG
Houston, Texas Yates HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Aug 23, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 93
Mikhail McLean
PF
Houston, Texas Second Baptist 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 203 lb (92 kg) Apr 28, 2010 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 86
Trumaine Johnson
SG
Humble, Texas Kingwood HS / San Diego 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jul 16, 2010 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 40
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: Unranked   Rivals: Unranked
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Result Record Site
Exhibition
2010/11/06* Abilene Christian W 71–68  0–0 Hofheinz Pavilion
Regular season
2010/11/12* Nicholls State W 63–62 OT 1–0 Hofheinz Pavilion
2009/11/14* Alcorn State W 88–68  2–0 Hofheinz Pavilion
2010/11/17* at Louisiana Tech L 54–60  2–1 Thomas Assembly Center
2010/11/20* Northwestern Oklahoma State W 81–58  3–1 Hofheinz Pavilion
2010/11/23* Louisiana-Lafayette W 78–65  4–1 Hofheinz Pavilion
2010/11/27* at TCU L 63–79  4–2 Daniel–Meyer Coliseum
2010/11/30* at LSU L 57–79  4–3 Pete Maravich Assembly Center
2010/12/04* at Sam Houston State W 75–71 OT 5–3 Bernard Johnson Coliseum
2010/12/06* Nevada W 64–61  6–3 Hofheinz Pavilion
2010/12/11* UTSA L 63–68  6–4 Hofheinz Pavilion
2010/12/18* at Texas A&M–Corpus Christi L 78–81 OT 6–5 American Bank Center
2010/12/21* Sam Houston State W 75–73  7–5 Hofheinz Pavilion
2010/12/30* Rogers State W 85–48  8–5 Hofheinz Pavilion
2011/01/05 at Southern Miss L 73–85  8–6
(0–1)
Reed Green Coliseum
2011/01/08 #19 UCF W 76–71  9–6
(1–1)
Hofheinz Pavilion
2011/01/15 at SMU W 70–68  10–6
(2–1)
Moody Coliseum
2011/01/19 at Tulsa W 64–57  11–6
(3–1)
Hofheinz Pavilion
2011/01/22 UTEP L 52–57  11–7
(3–2)
Hofheinz Pavilion
2011/01/26 at Rice
(Bayou Cup)
L 71–79  11–8
(3–3)
Tudor Fieldhouse
2011/01/29 at East Carolina L 70–74  11–9
(3–4)
Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum
2011/02/01 Marshall L 62–63  11–10
(3–5)
Hofheinz Pavilion
2011/02/05 at Tulsa L 71–76 OT 11–11
(3–6)
Reynolds Center
2011/02/12 Tulane W 79-68  12-11
(4-6)
Hofheinz Pavilion
2011/02/16 SMU L 51-65  12-12
(4-7)
Hofheinz Pavilion
2011/02/19 at UTEP L 64-76  12-13
(4-8)
Don Haskins Center
2011/02/22 at Memphis L 58-69  12-14
(4-9)
FedExForum
2011/02/26 UAB L 55-68  12-15
(4-10)
Hofheinz Pavilion
2011/03/02 at Tulane L 77-80  12-16
(4-11)
Avron B. Fogelman Arena
2011/03/05 Rice
(Bayou Cup)
L 57-72  12-17
(4-12)
Hofheinz Pavilion
C-USA Men's Basketball Tournament
2011/03/09 vs. Marshall
(First round)
L 87-97  12-18 Don Haskins Center
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. ( ) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Standard Time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Campbell, Steve (2011-01-14). "Johnson leaves Cougars". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2011-01-23. 
  2. ^ Brennan, Eamonn (2010-08-24). "Joseph Young enrolls at Houston after all". ESPN. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  3. ^ Brennan, Eamonn (2010-08-18). "Providence recruit battle comes to a head". ESPN. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  4. ^ Schrotenboer, Brent (2010-03-10). "Ex-USD athlete sues, claims racial bias". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  5. ^ McKissic, Rodney (2010-06-10). "Canisius lands 7–3 juco transfer". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  6. ^ Skrbina, Paul (2010-08-16). "Hyde Park grad Fabyon Harris granted release from Houston". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  7. ^ Helfgot, Mike (2010-08-25). "Hyde Park grad Fabyon Harris arrested". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 

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