Kevin Houston

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Kevin Houston
Point guard / Shooting guard
Personal information
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight 165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High school Pearl River
(Pearl River, New York)
College Army (1983–1987)
NBA draft 1987 / Undrafted
Career highlights and awards

Kevin Houston (born c. 1964) is a former American basketball player who is best known for leading NCAA Division I in scoring during his senior season at Army in 1986–87.[1] He averaged 32.9 points per game in 29 games played and set still-standing school records for points in a single game (53) and season (953).[1][2]

Houston was raised in Pearl River, New York and was a three-year starter on the varsity basketball team at Pearl River High School.[3] He was a diminutive 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m), 165 lbs. in his prime during college, so as a high school player was even smaller.[3] His small stature played a big role in why he was overlooked by college scouts.[4]

Houston decided to attended the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School in New Jersey for one year after high school.[4] The United States Military Academy (Army), located in his home state of New York, was the only university that had shown Houston any interest during his basketball recruitment.[3] He enrolled at Army in the fall of 1983 to play for the Black Knights.[3] During his four-year career, Houston started every single one of the 113 games he played in, which ties him for the most all-time games played in Army history.[1] By the time he graduated from the Academy in 1987, he had re-written the school's record book. Houston scored still-standing program records for points in a game (53), season (953), career (2,325), and season points per game (32.9) among others.[1] He was the first ever Army player to be named the Haggerty Award winner, an honor that he shared as a senior with St. John's Mark Jackson, which is given to the best men's basketball player in the greater New York City metropolitan area.[1] Houston was also the 1986–87 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year and the NCAA season scoring champion.[5] He was a three-time All-MAAC honoree, two-time honorable mention All-American and one-time third team All-American.[1]

After college, Houston served his mandatory stint in the United States Army for several years.[3] He got into high school coaching and guided the Storm King School, located in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, to two New England Private School Championships in just seven years.[3] One of his players was future NBA Draft pick Sammy Mejia.[3] Kevin was married to his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Cuccia, for 21 years before she died on January 3, 2009. They have three children: Lauren, Luke and Leanne.[3] Kevin is engaged to Eileen Bellew, a widow also from Pearl River, New York.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Kevin Houston bio". goarmysports.com. United States Military Academy. 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ "2010–11 NCAA Men's Basketball Records" (PDF). 2010–11 NCAA Men's Basketball Media Guide. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2010. Retrieved January 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Graham, Bryan Armen (November 9, 2006). "Before Keydren, Diminutive Houston Was Scoring King". CSTV Networks, Inc. Retrieved January 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Newman, Bruce (January 19, 1987). "All That He Can Be (page 2)". sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ Newman, Bruce (January 19, 1987). "All That He Can Be (page 1)". sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 19, 2011.