The University of Houston men’s basketball team landed a signature commitment with guard Nate Hinton, from Gastonia, North Carolina choosing to play for the Cougars.
The 6-6 Hinton is ranked No. 95 on ESPN’s top 100 list for 2018, and he’s ranked as the number seven high school recruit in his home state.
Hinton said he had 40 offers, and committed to UH over Michigan, Florida State, Cincinnati and Maryland.
He said the list of schools who offered him included Indiana, Miami, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Clemson, Tennessee, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Illinois, Witchita State, Virginia Tech and VCU.
“This is ACC country. So it was very hard for me to say that I’m not going to go to an ACC school. I’m going to go to Houston, all the way to Houston, Texas,” Hinton said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.
“It was just the fact that I felt comfortable. Coach (Kelvin) Sampson had a plan for me from day 1.”
And that plan sealed the deal for Hinton.
“They had me sold, honestly, even before I got out there,” Hinton said.
“The first conversation was about an hour with (UH assistant coach) Kellen (Sampson), and then I talked to Kelvin, the head coach.
“Those conversations were all aligned, and they had a plan for me, and that plan was for me to be the best version of me that I can be.
"They just showed they really cared about me and our family and the way I was raised. I trust the coaching staff, and I know the person that Coach (Kelvin) Sampson is as a man and as a coach and he’s a family-oriented person.”
UH’s plan won the day because of the way it was communicated to Hinton.
“The plan was different from others,” said Hinton, who averaged 19.1 points last season. “Some schools said once we get you on campus we’ll show you your plan, but (UH) gave me the plan from day one, and they stuck to it.
“It’s just a relief to say that I’m going to a place where they really care about my dreams, aspirations and family. That’s what ultimately made the decision for me.”