University of Houston men's basketball lands top shooting guard from Texas

Armoni Brooks, shooting guard from McNeil High School in Round Rock, has verbally committed to the University of Houston.

Brooks made his decision while visiting the UH campus on Saturday and before he took visits to Kansas State and Creighton.

"It felt great," Brooks said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "I felt like it was the best place to be for me. It's a weight off of my shoulders, and I'm just happy about where I picked.

"I like Coach (Kelvin) Sampson, the staff, the players. They all welcomed me great."

Brooks, considered one of the top shooters in Texas, averaged 16 points and six rebounds as a junior in helping lead the Mavericks to the playoffs.

Brooks said he chose UH "over Kansas State and Creighton, Tulsa and Nebraska."

He said he will cancel his planned visits to Kansas State and Creighton.

Brooks is looking forward to playing for Sampson.

"He has good experience, Final Four, NBA," Brooks said. "He's a great coach with a lot of respect throughout the country. It'll be great to play for him."

Brooks said his decision was also greatly influenced by UH's commitment to its basketball program, which includes the school's new Basketball Development Center.

"It's state of the art," Brooks said. "The technology is great. It's going to be amazing.

"They are committed to the basketball program with all their new facilities and upgrades that are coming. I just feel like it's a great situation to be in right now."

Brooks said he will sign with Houston in November.