Nov. 9, 2006
HOUSTON - University of Houston head coach Joe Curl announced Thursday the signing of six high school players to National Letters of Intent. All five will join the Cougars for the Fall 2007 semester.
"I think on paper, this may be our best signing class, top-to-bottom, in my nine seasons," Curl said. "We filled needs and built for the future. There are players in there that have the chance to develop to an elite level."
Signing with the Cougars was Cobilyn Hill (Houston, Texas/Aldine Eisenhower HS), Jasmine Johnson (Omaha, Neb./Omaha Central HS), Brittany Mason (Houston, Texas/LaPorte HS), Megan Morton (Winnsboro, Texas/Winnsboro HS), Brittney Scott (Orange, Texas/West Orange Stark HS) and Courtney Taylor (Crockett, Texas/Crockett HS).
Hill is a 6-3 center who will give UH a commanding presence inside the lane. She was ranked as the No. 159 player in the country by the All-Star Girls Report, a top recruiting service for women's basketball. She was also slotted as one of the top-30 centers in the U.S. and one of the top players in Texas.
"From a physical standpoint, she's head and shoulders above the rest," Curl said. She's an imposing, strong presence with speed and good hands. She's got the ability to finish, but she runs and catches the ball very well. She's predicted to be the MVP of her district and could be one of the top players in the city this year. I think her best basketball is still in front of her."
Johnson, a 5-6 point guard, comes in ranked as the No. 103 player in the country by the All-Star Girls Report. She also was ranked as the 29th-best point guard nationally and a player in the mold of current Cougar Twiggy McIntyre (Sapulpa, Okla./Sapulpa HS/Kansas State). Johnson is a scorer with the ability to involve her teammates in the game.
"She was the best true point guard we saw on the road this year," Curl said. "She's strong and can score, but without question, her best trait is that she makes everyone on the floor with her a better player."
Mason, a 6-0 small forward is already an accomplished hurdler who has made several trips to the state track and field meet. She is a dynamic player who possesses speed and explosiveness.
"Mason has the chance to be a world-class athlete on the court," Curl said. "She's as good an athlete as we had on the board and might be a strong a kid from the hips down that we ever recruited here. She's a great track athlete and I think her best basketball is still in front of her."
Morton is a 5-11 combo guard who can also play small forward. She's ranked as the 28th-best player in Texas by www.TexasHoops.com. She was named as the District 11-3A MVP by the Dallas Morning News following the 2006 season.
"She can fill up the basket from 20-feet plus," Curl said. "Might be as good a three-point shooter as we have ever seen. She handles the ball well and can score. She's versatile and can start at three positions."
Scott is a 5-6 combo guard that was ranked among the top-250 players in the country by the All-Star Girls Report. She's a solid ball handler who can score from the inside and outside.
"She's an absolute ankle breaker," Curl said. "She averaged over 20 points a game last year and can play two positions. I could say this five more times about our class, but she's a better kid then a player.
Taylor, a 6-1 power forward, was ranked as the ninth-best player in the state by www.TexasHoops.com. She comes from a basketball family as her father, Johnnie, was a standout at Stephen F. Austin in the early 1980's. She's an offensive force who will help to create an inside presence.
"She's the most lethal offensive player we had on the board," Curl said. "She's got a chance to be something special. She's very long with great hands and is a great finisher."
"I'm not trying to jump from one stone to the other," Curl said. "We want to build this program onto the national level and keep it there for some time. Signing a class like this, along with the players we already have in house takes a big step in that direction. That kind of stability, along with the support we receive from our administration and the University, can only lead to bigger and better things on and off the court."