HOUSTON - Former Towson forward Justin Gorham recently signed a scholarship agreement with the University of Houston Men’s Basketball and will join the Cougars beginning with the 2018-19 season, Head Coach Kelvin Sampson announced.
As an NCAA Division I transfer, Gorham must sit out competition but will practice daily with the Cougars in 2018-19. He will have two years of eligibility remaining with the start of the 2019-20 season.
“I love the progress Justin has made since high school, and in his last nine games last year, he really took off. He had several high rebounding games, and rebounding is one thing that carries over, whatever the level. Justin fits in with how we want to play, and he has a chance to be a good offensive player. We think he can develop into a stretch 4, and he has a good 3-point stroke,” Sampson said. “He comes from a tremendous family, and he is coming from a tremendous program in Towson. With a year in our program working on his strength and conditioning and his skill development, Justin has a chance to become a really great player.”
Gorham, who measures 6-foot-7 and weighs 230 pounds, competed for his first two seasons at Towson. Moving into the Tigers’ starting lineup for the final nine games of the 2017-18 season, Gorham averaged 13.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per game during that stretch.
As a sophomore during the 2017-18 season, he averaged 9.8 points per game and led the Tigers with 6.7 rebounds per game, ranking among the Colonial Athletic Association’s Top-10 leaders in the latter category.
The Columbia, Md., native scored in double figures in 14 games with 20-point efforts four times, including a career-high 28 points at Northeastern. Gorham also posted five double-doubles, including each of the last three games to end the season.
As a freshman in 2016-17, he competed in 31 games with a pair of starts.
Gorham lettered at Calvert Hall College High School and helped the Cardinals sweep the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Class A Conference and Baltimore Catholic Tournament championships as a junior.
ABOUT THE FERTITTA CENTER
With a capacity of 7,100, the Fertitta Center will feature a premium club and courtside club as well as a reconfigured bowl with mid-court seating closing to game action. The facility also includes floor-level seating opposite the team benches for UH students.
The University also will transform an area adjacent to the Fertitta Center into Hofheinz Pavilion, where fans will be greeted by a bronze statue of former Harris Country Judge Roy Hofheinz.
The renovation was made possible through a generous $20-million donation from University of Houston System Board of Regents Chairman Tillman J. Fertitta and his family in 2016.
SECURE YOUR SEASON TICKETS in the FERTITTA CENTER
Fans now have the opportunity to take their first steps toward the 2018-19 season by placing a $30 deposit on season tickets at uhcougars.com/mbbdeposit or by calling 713-462-6647. Deposits must be placed by Friday, June 29, to receive a spot in the Fertitta Center Seat Selection process before the general public.
Season tickets for the 2018-19 season will soon be available for purchase for as low as $175 with a variety of premier seating options available.
University of Houston graduates from the previous five academic years qualify for special Young Alumni pricing in Section 117 at only $125.
Fans can check out a 3D map showing every seat inside the Fertitta Center by visiting uhcougars.com/fertittacenter3d.
The Fertitta Center Seat Selection process will begin in July with Fertitta Center donors of $500+, Cougar Pride members and fans who have placed deposits for 2018-19 season tickets as well as 2017-18 season-ticket holders receiving priority.
Fans who place deposits after June 29 will have the opportunity to select a seat following the Seat Selection process. Orders after June 29 will be served on a first-come, first served basis.
For more information on the Fertitta Center Seat Selection Process, fans can visit uhcougars.com/fertittacenter or call the Cougar Pride Office at 713-743-GoUH (4684).
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Fans are invited to join the 50-50 Club to support Houston Men’s Basketball. 50-50 Club members help fund program necessities and enhance the experience for our student-athletes.
Fans who join the 50-50 Club will receive embroidered team apparel, a signed basketball, invitations to practice, a tour of the $25 million Guy V. Lewis Development Facility, regular updates about the program and much more.
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