May 16, 2007
Houston - University of Houston head basketball coach Tom Penders announced that Yan Moukoury has signed to play for the Cougars in 2007-08. Moukoury is a 6-7, 225-pound power forward from Christian Life High School in Baton Rouge, La.
"Yan is a strong player who has the build of a collegiate player already," Penders said. "He has a great mid-range game, can step outside to shoot the three and is an excellent defensive player."
Moukoury earned All-Metro honors after averaging 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as a senior. He also helped lead Christian Life to two straight Class A state championships in Louisiana, and was named to the All-Tournament team at the 2006 Adidas Camp in Georgia, and chose to sign with Houston after being recruited by Florida, USC, Mississippi State, Florida State, Alabama, Tulane and Western Kentucky.
Moukoury will be one of four freshmen on next season's roster. The others are Zamal Nixon, Bockeith Pane and Horace McGloster. The other newcomers are junior college transfer DaShaun Williams and Seton Hall transfer Marcus Cousin, who sat out the 2006-07 season at UH last year.
The Cougars have Dion Dowell, Kyle Hatcher, Charlie Jones, Marcus Malone, Robert McKiver, Nick Mosley and Tafari Toney returning from last season. Three-year starter Lanny Smith also returns after sitting out most of last season with a broken bone in his left foot.