HOUSTON – The University of Houston Men’s Basketball program became a little larger Friday after guard DeJon Jarreau signed a National Letter of Intent, Head Coach Kelvin Sampson announced.
Jarreau, who checks in at 6-foot-5 and weighs 182 pounds, competed at UMass as a freshman during the 2016-17 season, averaging 9.8 points and 4.5 assists per game. He competed in 31 games with 25 starts at point guard during his first collegiate season and was honored as the Atlantic-10 Conference Rookie of the Week for Nov. 21, 2016.
He did a little of everything with 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists against Mississippi and posted 16 points with seven assists and four rebounds against Temple. Jarreau finished with 15 points, nine assists and five rebounds at Rhode Island in conference play and enjoyed 18 points with nine boards and four assists against Davidson.
Jarreau – whose name is pronounced Day-Zhawn Juh-Roe – is currently attending Howard Junior College but not competing on the basketball team and will have three years of eligibility remaining when he joins the Cougars.
“DeJon is a unique player. He is a 6-foot-5 1, 2 or 3. He can play any position. One of the statistics that tells you all you need to know about DeJon Jarreau is that, as a freshman at UMass, he was 12th nationally in assists per possession,” Sampson said. “He has great length, and he is an exciting player. Arguably, DeJon is the best passer we have recruited since we have been here. He finishes at the rim and is extremely athletic. This is another huge get for us.”
“DeJon can slash. He can shoot. He can direct, and he can lead the team. He can do a bit of everything,” said Cleavon Williams, who coached Jarreau with Elfrid Payton Elite Nike Travel Team. “Off the court, he is very funny and energetic, but he knows how to turn it on. DeJon is just a nice young man.”
Prior to competing at UMass, Jarreau was an award-winning star at McDonogh 35 in his native New Orleans. There, he was a 4-star recruit by ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals and was ranked among combo guards as No. 1 in the state of Louisiana and No. 53 nationally by 247Sports.
Jarreau chose UMass over Arizona, Boston College, Florida, Kansas State, LSU, Memphis, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Texas, USC and Washington.
Jarreau became the third member of the Cougars’ signing class. Guard Nate Hinton (Gastonia, N.C. / Gaston Day School) and guard Antoine Davis (Houston / HHA) signed with Houston earlier this week.
The Cougars also welcomed 9-year-old Nicholas Hickey to the program at a press conference in mid-October. Diagnosed with epilepsy, apraxia of speech and autism, Nicholas faces challenges in communication verbally but remains a happy, young man, who enjoys playing any sports with a ball with his siblings.
The Cougars return to action when they play host to McNeese at 7 p.m., Friday, inside H&PE Arena in the regular-season opener for both teams. It will be the first of 15 regular-season home games for the Cougars inside the city of Houston.
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Shuttle return service begins immediately after the game and will run for one hour.
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