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Thursday, November 11, 1999
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Volume 65, Issue 58

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Cougars sign four players

By Keenan Singleton
Daily Cougar Staff 

The final pieces of the rebuilding puzzle were added when UH head basketball coach Clyde Drexler signed four highly-touted recruits Wednesday.

Unlike Drexler's previous year, this class is devoted to big men who can help the guard-heavy Cougars.

The recruits -- Alton Ford, Chris Booker, Justin Lyman and Patrick Okafor -- should continue to build upon the strong foundation laid down by Drexler.

Highly-recruited big man Ford, a 6-9 post player from Milby High School, has been recruited by all the big-name basketball schools in the country.

Ford, who many believe is the best big man in the country, is a versatile post player with three-point accuracy and good handling skills for his size.

"He's an impact player." Drexler said. "He's a franchise player. We are happy to have him."

Booker, from Ft. Worth, uses his 6-9, 212-pound frame to dominate the low blocks with impressive shot-blocking skills.

"He has tremendous potential," Drexler said. "He shoots the ball well -- he's just a very good player."

Lyman, who played with current Cougar freshman George Williams, is a 6-6 two-guard from Elkins High School with a superb shooting touch that should only strengthen the Cougars' talented backcourt.

Okafor, widely accepted as the best junior college player around, is a 6-8 forward from Baytown Lee Junior College.

All the recruits are expected to be eligible to play NCAA Division I basketball.
 

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