Friday, April 6, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 127



Possible future Cougars visit campus this weekend

By Jake McKim
Daily Cougar Staff

The spring recruiting wars started the second the season ended on March 7 for Cougar head men's basketball coach Ray McCallum and his staff.

According to, two of the players McCallum has targeted will be making official visits to the UH campus this weekend.

The Cougars hope to add to an already strong mix of talent that includes freshman center Alton Ford, sophomore forward George Williams, junior forward Louis Truscott and sophomore guard Kevin Gaines.

Marcus Hatten, a 6-2, 170-pound guard from Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee, Fla., is highly coveted by several programs. He has apparently narrowed his decision between Iowa State and Houston. Hatten averaged 16 points and 5.8 rebounds for Tallahassee last season and would be a dynamic addition to the Cougars' guard rotation.

Six-foot six-inch, 225-pound forward Nick Jones of Aquinas Junior College in Nashville, Tenn. will also visit the campus April 6-8. Jones averaged 18 points and 8.8 rebounds per game for Aquinas last season and would provide necessary bulk down low for the Cougars.

McCallum and his staff are rumored to be recruiting several high school and junior college players from across the nation, hoping to score two to three players in the coming spring signing period that begins April 11.

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