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    May 26, 2009

    HOUSTON - Collin County College guard Adam Brown became the fifth member of the University of Houston men's basketball team signing class with his recent inking, head coach Tom Penders announced Tuesday.

    Brown, a native of San Antonio, joins the Cougars after an award-winning career for the last two seasons at Collin County College. As a sophomore in 2008-09, Brown averaged 18.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He averaged 43 percent from behind the arc and recorded 14 games with at least 20 points, including a season-high 33 points against Temple College.

    For his impressive efforts, he was named to the Junior College All-America Second Team and was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the North Texas Conference and NJCAA Region V.

    Brown competed at San Antonio's Churchill High for head coach Randy Schuster, graduating in 2007.

    He selected the Cougars over TCU, Miami (Fla.), Rutgers, Wichita State and Utah State.

    With the addition of Brown, the Cougars' signing class grew to five student-athletes. Brown joined forward Maurice McNeil (San Jacinto JC, New York), guard Nick Haywood (Ouachita High, Monroe, La.), forward Kendrick Washington (Huntington High, Shreveport, La.) and forward Kirk Van Slyke (West Point Prep/College Park High, The Woodlands, Texas), who signed in mid May.

    Brown joins McNeil as the oldest members of the signing with Haywood, Washington and Van Slyke competing as freshmen in 2009-10.

    In 2008-09, the Cougars finished with a 21-12 overall record and advanced to the College Basketball Invitational for the second straight season. It was the program's fourth postseason appearance in the last five years.


    UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON MEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNEES
    Updated as of 11:30 a.m., May 26, 2009

    Player • Pos. • Ht. • Wt. • Cl.-Exp. • Hometown-High School (Last School)
    Adam Brown • G • 6-4 •175 • Jr.-JC •San Antonio, Texas-Churchill (Collin County JC)
    Nick Haywood •G • 6-0 • 165 •Fr.-HS •Monroe, La.-Ouachita
    Maurice McNeil •F • 6-9 • 215 • Jr.-JC •New York, N.Y.-University Park Prep[Houston] (San Jacinto JC)
    Kirk Van Slyke • F •6-9 •215 • Fr.-HS • The Woodlands, Texas- College Park (West Point Prep)
    Kendrick Washington •F •6-7 •270 • Fr.-HS •Shreveport, La.-Huntington

     

     


    UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON MEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNEES BIOS


    ADAM BROWN
    Guard
    6-4 • 175 • Junior-JC
    San Antonio, Texas-Churchill High (Collin County JC)

    ABOUT ADAM BROWN
    Talented long-range shooter who has a good head for the game... Should fit easily into head coach Tom Penders' offensive plans.

    COLLIN COUNTY COLLEGE
    Competed for two seasons for head coach Jim Sigona. Sophomore (2008-09): Member of NTJCAC championship squad that posted a 27-5 record and were ranked as high as No. 16 in the NJCAA poll... Named to Junior College All-America Second Team after averaging 18.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game... Selected as Most Valuable Player of the North Texas Conference and NJCAA Region V... Was an All-Region V and All-North Texas Conference First-Team selection...Steady shooter who shot more than 43 percent from behind the arc... Recorded 14 games with at least 20 points, including a season-high 33 points against Temple College.

    CHURCHILL HIGH SCHOOL
    Lettered for head coach Randy Schuster... Member of teams that earned at least 20 wins during his junior and senior seasons.

    PERSONAL
    Full name is William B. Brown but goes by the nickname of Adam... Born Dec. 24, 1988... Son of Robert Hopkins and Sherri Brown... Selected Houston over TCU, Miami (Fla.), Rutgers, Wichita State and Utah State.


    NICK HAYWOOD
    Guard
    6-0 • 165 • Freshman-HS
    Monroe, La.-Ouachita High

    ABOUT NICK HAYWOOD
    Versatile athlete with an award-winning prep background... Point guard who can handle the ball but remains an offensive threat... Capable of playing point or at the No. 2 position... Pushes the ball up the court well and finds open teammates... Capable of scoring on the break and is a good penetrator... Talented student-athlete who is a leader on the court and in the classroom...

    OUACHITA HIGH SCHOOL
    Lettered for head coach Casey Jones... Talented all-around student-athlete who was named to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Academic All-State Honorable Mention with a cumulative 3.5 grade-point average. Senior (2008-09): Helped lead the Lions to the Class 5A state championship in Louisiana.... Class 5A Most Outstanding Player... Averaged 19.3 points, 5.1 assists and 2.7 steals per game... Honored as the Class 5A state championship game Most Valuable Player after scoring 19 points in win over Hahnville High... Was the first basketball state championship in school history... Named to All-District 2-5A First Team.. Junior (2007-08): Named to All-District 2-5A First Team, All-Northeast Louisiana Second Team and All-State Honorable Mention... Recognized as the Lions' Offensive Most Valuable Player.

    PERSONAL
    Born Oct. 21, 1990... Cousin of former legendary player and current director of operations and performance enhancement Michael Young.


    MAURICE McNEIL
    Forward
    6-9 • 215 • Junior-JC
    New York, N.Y.-University Park Prep [Houston] (San Jacinto JC)

    ABOUT MAURICE McNEIL
    Tall, athletic player who runs the floor well... Regular performer at the No. 4 position in junior college and scored most of his points in the paint... Possesses a solid jump hook.

    SAN JACINTO COLLEGE (2007-09)
    Lettered for head coach Scott Gernander. Sophomore (2008-09): Led the Ravens with 19.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per game... Earned place on All-Region XIV First Team. Freshman (2007-08): Started in 16 of 30 games... Averaged 12.8 points per game, third best on team... Connected on more than 54 percent from the field and posted 8.4 rebounds per game... Also added 32 blocks and 20 steals.

    UNIVERSITY PARK PREP
    Lettered for head coach Elmer Lucas... Averaged 20 points and 21 rebounds per game to lead the Wolverines as a senior.

    PERSONAL
    Full name is Maurice Dominic McNeil... Born Jan. 29, 1987, in New York... Son of Michelle McNeil... Has three brothers... Also recruited by Arizona, USF, Oklahoma State and USF.


    Kirk Van Slyke
    Forward
    6-9 • 215 • Freshman-HS
    The Woodlands, Texas-College Park (West Point Prep)

    ABOUT Kirk Van Slyke
    Shooter who will be an offensive weapon from the perimeter... Not afraid to work for offensive rebounds inside... Has a quick release and NBA range from the perimeter... Smart player who knows the game... Studied and played at West Point Prep a year ago and will benefit from that experience.

    WEST POINT PREP (2008-09)
    Lettered for head coach Cory Sinning...Named team Most Valuable Player after averaging more than 20 points per game... Member of Knights team that finished with an 8-15 record... Led or tied for the team lead in scoring in 15 games... Scored 29 points in a win against Queen City Prep... Recorded a season-high 37 points with 11 rebounds for his first double-double against Cayuga Community College... Finished with 35 points in an overtime loss to Edison Junior College... Helped lead the Black Knights into the championship game of the Blackburn Tournament with 28 points against Worcester Academy... Recorded 29 points in a loss to South Kent School and led the Knights with 29 points against Edison Junior College.

    COLLEGE PARK HIGH SCHOOL
    Lettered for head coach Clifton McNeely. Senior (2007-08): Named to All-District 15-5A First Team after averaging 17.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game...Scored 13 points with 10 rebounds against Oak Ridge High... Finished with 28 points and three 3-pointers against The Woodlands High... All-County and All-Region First Team honoree... Nominee for McDonald's All-America... Recognized as team Most Valuable Player and named to Academic All-District Team. Junior (2006-07): Named to All-District 15-5A First Team.

    PERSONAL
    Full name is Kirk Joseph Van Slyke... Born Sept. 7, 1989, in New Orleans... Son of Pete Van Slyke and Vicki Palmer... Undecided major... Also recruited by Oklahoma State, SMU, Saint Louis, Mercer and Sam Houston State.


    KENDRICK WASHINGTON
    Forward
    6-7 • 270 • Freshman-HS
    Shreveport, La.-Huntington HS

    ABOUT KENDRICK WASHINGTON
    One of the most dynamic players in the Ark-La-Tex... Also was an award-winning defensive end for the Huntington High football team.

    HUNTINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
    Lettered for head coach Mack Jones. Senior (2008-09): Earned place on the Class 5A All-State First Team after averaging 19.4 points and 17.5 rebounds per game... Named the All-City Player of the Year... Helped lead the Raiders to the Top 28 for the second straight season... Named an Athlete of the Week by KSLA for Dec. 10 after helping lead Huntington to an 11-0 start... Did not play football during his final prep season. Junior (2007-08): Honored as the Class 5A Most Outstanding Player to help lead the Raiders to the Top 28... Played for head coach Michael Green in football... Finished with 81 tackles, including 23 for a loss, 9.5 sacks and five forced fumbles.

    PERSONAL
    Full name is Kendrick Montrez Washington... Born June 15, 1991.

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