Nov. 9, 2006
Houston - University of Houston men's basketball head coach Tom Penders announced that Horace McGloster, Brockeith Pane and DaShaun Williams have signed to play for the Cougars in 2007-08.
"The important thing about this class is that we were able to sign three players who totally fit our style of play, and were three players who wanted to come to Houston as bad as we wanted to sign them," Houston head coach Tom Penders said. "All three players are aggressive on both ends of the floor, very athletic and bring a lot of versatility to the floor."
McGloster is a 6-7 forward who is attending Genesis One Christian School in Mendenhall, Miss. this year. McGloster, who can play either inside or out on the wing, went to Genesis after averaging 21 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocked shots per game at Shabazz High School in Newark, N.J.
"Horace is a player who we recruited really hard last year and felt he was ideal for our system," Penders said. "He has a great understanding of the game and has guard-like skills as a forward. He also played at a high school that is steep in tradition, and after he committed to us early last spring he never wavered in his commitment even when top schools like Kentucky, Seton Hall, Rutgers and other SEC schools tried to recruit him late last summer. That really impressed me about his character.
"We hope that he will help us establish a real solid recruiting base in an area of the country where everyone likes to recruit."
Pane is a 6-2-combo guard from Dallas Carter High School. TexasHoops.com ranks him among the top 17 high school players in the state. He averaged 18 points, six rebounds and four assists as a junior after averaging 13 points, five rebounds and three assists during his sophomore season.
"We feel that Brockeith is physically the best guard in the State," Penders said. "He handles the ball well, is a good shooter from deep out on the perimeter and is aggressive attacking the rim. He also is a an excellent defensive player, and a tough, hard-nosed player who is very mature for his age.
"His high school uses the running and pressing style of play that is similar to way we play, and his coach is very respected."
Williams is a versatile 6-3 guard from Monroe College in the Bronx, N.Y., who averaged 11.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Williams also helped lead the Mustangs to a 33-5 record and an eighth place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament, when he averaged 14 points in four tournament games.
"DaShaun also can play either guard position, but is more of a point guard who can score," Penders said. "He is a tough player who is a leader that other players will look up to."
A native of Chicago, Williams averaged 16.3 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals per game as a senior at Julian High School.