HOUSTON -- Forward Brison Gresham has signed a National Letter of Intent and will compete as a sophomore with the University of Houston Men's Basketball program in 2018-19, Head Coach Kelvin Sampson announced Saturday.
Gresham, who stands 6-foot-9 and weighs 220 pounds, competed at UMass as a freshman during the 2016-17 season. There, he competed in 28 games with 13 starts and averaged 3.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game while connecting on 62.3 percent of his shots from the field.
He finished just shy of a double-double with nine points, nine rebounds and four blocks at Saint Louis and set a career-best with 12 points and added eight rebounds with two blocks, a steal and assist against Richmond.
Gresham -- whose name is pronounced Bry-Son Gresh-am -- 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.
"We are adding a really good frontline player in Brison Gresham. I like players that can think the game, and Bryson is a very smart player. He adds a lot to our team and the way that we play," Sampson said "He will probably be our best athlete. He rebounds the ball well at both ends. We need bigs that can run because of our pace that we emphasize, and Brison is a great fit."
"Brison is a hard-nosed, tenacious rim protector who runs like a deer. He has a high motor and is a tough player," said Coach Cleavon Williams with Elfrid Payton Elite Nike Travel Team. "Off the court, Brison is very team and family-oriented. He's just a great guy."
Before entering the collegiate ranks, Gresham, was an award-winning high school player at McDonogh 35 in his native New Orleans. He was a 3-star recruit by ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals and was ranked as the No. 5 power forward in the state of Louisiana.
Gresham chose UMass over Alabama, Baylor, Boston College, Cincinnati, Creighton, Florida, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Memphis, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, USC and Washington
Gresham became the fourth member of the Cougars' signing class. Guard Nate Hinton (Gastonia, N.C. / Gaston Day School), guard Antoine Davis (Houston / HHA) and guard DeJon Jarreau (New Orleans / UMass) 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 face Drexel at 1:30 p.m. (CST), Friday, inside Vines Center on the first day of the Paradise Jam in Lynchburg, Va.
From there, the Cougars will face the winner-loser of Mercer Liberty on Nov. 18 before closing out the tournament on Nov. 19.
The Cougars return to Houston when they play host to UIW at 7 p.m., Nov. 25, inside H&PE Arena on the campus of Texas Southern University.
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