April 30, 2010
HOUSTON - Forward Mikhail McLean was the second member of the University of Houston men's basketball team's signing class, head coach James Dickey announced Friday evening.
McLean, a 6-foot-7, 205-pound product of Houston's Second Baptist High joined the program after signing his National Letter of Intent and will compete as a freshman at Houston during the 2010-11 season. He chose the Cougars over Boston College, Auburn, Arkansas, Cleveland State and Detroit.
"Mikhail is a terrific addition to Cougar Basketball and is the type of student-athlete we want in our program. He played in an extremely successful high school program. Mikhail is very mature with tremendous work ethic and leadership skills," Dickey said. "He is long, athletic and has the ability to be a skilled offensive player, outstanding defender and rebounder."
As a senior at Second Baptist in 2009-10, McLean averaged 13.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while earning Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools All-State Second Team honors and helping lead the Fighting Eagles to an impressive 32-6 overall record.
He recorded four 20-point games, including a season-high 24 points in games against St. Michael's and Antonian Prep.
On the defensive side, McLean grabbed a season-best 11 rebounds against Emery-Weiner and enjoyed a 10-board performance in a loss to Westbury Christian.
He posted a team-high 16 points against San Antonio's Clark High during the championship game of the South Padre Island Beach Bonanza in early December.
McLean became the second signee of Dickey, who joined the Cougar program in early April. He joined Midland college forward Jonathon Simmons, who signed with Houston on Wednesday.
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON MEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNEES
as of 7:30 p.m., April 29, 2010
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl.-Exp.* Hometown-High School (Last School)
Mikhail McLean F 6-7 205 Fr.-HS Houston, Texas-Second Baptist
Jonathon Simmons F 6-6 190 Jr.-JC Houston, Texas-Smiley (Midland JC)
* - indicates class at Houston in 2010-11