Monday, June 12, 2000
Houston, Texas
Volume 65, Issue 150

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Coogs add guard to mix

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UH head basketball coach Ray McCallum is handy with a pad and a pen.

He announced the signing of his fifth recruit of the season, 5-10 guard Dominic Smith of Paris Junior College.

Smith spent two years at the ju-co, where he led the Dragons to a 44-22 record before signing with the Cougars.

He was named to the all-tournament team of the NJCAA Region XIV postseason tournament after leading Paris to the championship game with 30 points in a 85-71 victory over Lee Junior College.

He was selected to the second-team all-Region XIV team after averaging 16.2 points, 6.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game in his senior season.

Smith may be able to help on the gridiron as well as the hardwood.

He was named to honorable mention all-state as a defensive back.

The Ashland, Va. native joins forwards Alton Ford, Chris Booker, Patrick Okafor and guard/forward Justin Lyman.

Ford, a highly prized recruit from local Milby High School, is best described as a banger.

The 6-9, 260-pound player flirted with the NBA before honoring his commitment with UH.

In his final season with Milby, he was named to the McDonald's All-American team for his 23. 5 ppg, 15 rebounds per, and 2.8 blocks.

Booker is a rangy 6-9, 215 pounds, with a shot-blocker's mentality.

The forward from Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School averaged an eye-popping 7.6 blocks to complement his 23.9 points, 12.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.

He was named the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram's Player of the Year.

Lyman, a former teammate of current Cougar star forward, George Williams, is a pure shooter who is comfortable shooting from the moon.

The 6-6, 200-pounder's final season at nearby Blinn Junior College saw him average 20.3 points per game while hitting 33 percent of his three pointers.

Okafor, a 6-8, 230-pound forward is an excellent rebounder from local Westbury High School, who spent his last two seasons at Lee Junior College.

He averaged over 12 rebounds in his two years at Lee, where he led the conference in the category both seasons.

Okafor finished his final year at Lee with 18.7 points per game at a 52.4 percentage.

Forward/center Kenny Younger is currently petitioning the NCAA for another year of eligibility at UH.

Younger, a third team All-Conference player in 1998-1999 season, spent his freshman year at UH-Downtown, and if brought back, would make a huge contribution to the Cougars.

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