Cougars Picked 4th in American Preseason Poll

Oct. 24, 2016

HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men’s Basketball program was picked to finish fourth in the American Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, released Monday morning during the league’s annual Media Day.

Individually, senior guard Damyean Dotson was named to the Preseason All-American Athletic Conference First Team, while junior guard Rob Gray Jr was selected to the Preseason Second Team.

In voting by the league’s 11 head coaches, the Cougars received 75 points to rank fourth and was only one point behind third-place team SMU. Cincinnati received six first-place votes on the way to 95 points to edge UConn by a single point for the team spot in the poll.

After the Cougars, Memphis (63 points), Temple (56), East Carolina (39), UCF (37), Tulsa (34), USF (25) and Tulane (11) rounded out the poll.

Damyean Dotson
Dotson competed in his first season with the Cougars in 2015-16 and established himself as a leader at Houston and one of the league’s premier players.

Joining Houston in the summer of 2015, he was elected captain in voting by his teammates only three months later.

With 13.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, the Houston native was one of only three players to rank among the American Athletic Conference’s top-11 leaders in both scoring AND rebounding.

Dotson, who prepped at nearby Yates High School, was the only Cougar to start all 32 games while leading Houston to a 22-10 overall record and a berth in the postseason NIT for the first time in a decade. For his impressive work, he was named to 2015-16 All-American Athletic Conference Honorable Mention.

Rob Gray Jr.
Like Dotson, Gray was in his first season with the Cougars in 2015-16 after transferring from Howard Junior College.

The Forest City, N.C., native made an immediate impact and established himself as one of the league’s elite scorers. Gray enters the 2016-17 campaign as the leading returning scorer in the American Athletic Conference with 16.0 points per game and scored a career-high 31 points in Houston wins against LSU inside Hofheinz Pavilion and at American Athletic Conference East Carolina.

Gray fell only two points shy of becoming the Cougars’ first conference scoring champion since 2009-10 and enjoyed seven games in 2015-16 with 20 or more points.

Season tickets for the University of Houston Men’s Basketball program’s 2016-17 campaign are now on sale through the Houston Athletics Tickets Office.

For as low as $80, fans can purchase season tickets to all 16 regular-season game plus two exhibition contests during the final season inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Reserved 2 seating is available for only $130, while fans can enjoy Reserved 1 seating for $225.

The Cougars open the season on Nov. 5 when they play host in an exhibition game to UNC Pembroke, the alma mater of Head Coach Kelvin Sampson.

Houston opens the regular season at 7 p.m., Nov. 11, when it meets Morgan State inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars square off in 15 more regular-season home contests with games against 2016 NCAA Tournament participants UConn, Temple, Cincinnati and Tulsa as well as Rhode Island, Harvard and Cornell.

Fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and follow the appropriate links or call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) to order season tickets.

Current University of Houston main campus students are admitted FREE to all Men’s Basketball games with valid IDs.

Main campus students may purchase up to two (2) student guest tickets to each Men’s Basketball game for $5 each, based on availability.

JOIN the 50-50-CLUB
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.

To join the 50-50 Club, fans can call 713-743-9742 or email UHMensBasketball@uh.edu. For more information about the 50-50 Club, levels of giving and benefits, fans can click here.

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