|Thursday, November 11, 1999||
Volume 65, Issue 58
|Cougars sign four
By Keenan Singleton
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
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