Clyde-mania ushers in new ticket policy for students

On the Front Ro'

Rohith Nandagiri

The ticket policies for men's basketball have been thrown into a frenzy due to the hiring of Clyde Drexler. In years past, anyone with a student ID could get in free, as the Coogs experienced serious attendance woes.

But that was then ...

... And this is now. With only 800 season tickets remaining, the Athletics Department was faced with a dilemma as demand far exceeded supply. Monday morning at 7 a.m., 300 season tickets will go on sale for basketball exclusively for students. The 14-game package is only $60, a deal considering the price at most schools. The regular price on the seats is $150.

With this package, students can bring several student ID cards to the ticket office and get season tickets for up to five people. However, if you want other options, we've got 'em.

Beginning Oct. 28, students may get free seats to the games, but can only get one seat per student. That means each person who wants a ticket must stand in line. There will be approximately 770 of these seats for every game.

With the free option, students can go on one of four pick-up dates: Oct. 28 for Australian All-Stars, Texas (season opener) and Sam Houston; Nov. 18 for the IUPUI, LSU and Houston Flyers games; and Dec. 1 and Jan. 27, 1999, for games that will occur during the second semester.

Clyde's impact on recruiting

Reports and rumors continue to swirl about possible recruits coming to the UH basketball program. Several big-time players have expressed interest, many of them from the Houston area.

Antonio Falu from Waltrip High School has already given his verbal commitment and he told The Daily Cougar in April that he wants to come to school here. Falu is considered the best point guard in the state and one of the top 15 point guards in the nation. He is big (6-5) and has a great vision. He led Waltrip last year to the 4A state championship along with Cedric Taylor, who signed with UH in April.

Taylor, who was supposed to attend San Jacinto Junior College for purposes of getting his GPA up, may never put a Cougar uniform on.

CNN/SI has reported that George Williams has given his verbal commitment. Williams, a 6-7 small forward, might be the best prospect in the state. He is regarded as the 12th best small forward prospect in the nation. Williams is a senior at Elkins High School in Fort Bend.

Chris Andersen, a sophomore at Blinn Junior College, is a 7-footer who could help clog up the middle for the Cougars. He would immediately fill a void which has been there since the days of Cadillac Anderson.

Andersen's freshman season at Blinn was a success, as he piled up big-time numbers. Fifteen points a game, coupled with 12 rebounds and eight blocks, helped his chances of getting to a major Division I program.

An added bonus of for the Cougars: Women's head coach Joe Curl coached Andersen at Blinn and actually recruited him to go there, over such schools as UCLA, USC and Texas.

Andersen is being sought after heavily, and Indiana's Bobby Knight said he would "take him in a minute" if given the opportunity.

And now for the international flavor. Yao Ming, out of China is 7-5, 252 pounds and is only 17 years old. He is being courted by the pros as well as top colleges around the nation. The Chinese state department is not allowing many schools to speak with Ming, but since Drexler has that NBA name, he may be granted a break.

He is supposed to have a 9-foot wing span and can knock down the 15-foot jumper with consistency. This guy could be the impact player of the decade.

Verbal commitments are non-binding, and some players have been known to change their minds at the last minute.

Lowdown on the Madness

Midnight Madness is fast approaching, as we are only nine days from the start of basketball practice.

Among the activities scheduled for this year are an alumni game, a celebrity free-throw contest and, of course, the introduction of Clyde Drexler to the entire UH community.

Doors open at 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, with everything getting underway close to midnight. Admission is free for everyone.

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