UMass transfers, 6-5 guard DeJon Jarreau and 6-9 center Brison Gresham, both said Saturday they verbally committed to the University of Houston.
The two former high school teammates at McDonogh High School in New Orleans, also both said they chose the Cougars over Creighton.
The two close friends were on the UH campus Saturday visiting with the Cougars basketball staff when they made their final decision.
The two players will have three years of eligibility left when they join the University of Houston for the 2018-19 season.
A source with knowledge of their situation said both players will attend junior college for one year to clear up some academic issues. They will not play basketball this coming season.
Gresham said the UH staff made the decision easy for him.
“When we landed it was like (they welcomed us) with open arms,” Gresham said. “I really liked the situation we are coming into. “
Jarreau had similar feelings.
“It just felt like more of a home,” Jarreau said. “It was like everybody cares for you and they want you to succeed.”
Jarreau said there is a lot to like about the Houston basketball program,
“To me I liked almost everything,” Jarreau said. “The facility, the arena we’re about to get into for our season, 2018-2019 season, and we’re close to home. Our family can come down and see us.”
Being close to his family in New Orleans was also important for Gresham.
“It means a lot,” Gresham said. “My mom, my family, my city gets to see me play.”
Both players said Cougars head coach Kelvin Sampson played an important role in their decision to transfer from UMass to the University of Houston.
Last season with the Minutemen Jarreau played in 31 games, averaging 9.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists.
During the 2016-17 season Gresham played in 28 games, averaging 3.3 points and 3.2 rebounds.
The two friends are thrilled they will continue their college careers as teammates in Houston.
“It’s very cool, because that’s my man,” Jarreau said.”
“It’s very cool,” Gresham said.”
According to NCAA rules the University of Houston cannot comment on recruits.