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Houston Men’s Basketball Signs Two for Class of 2024

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The Houston Cougars men’s basketball team signed a pair of Top 100 recruits during the early signing period, the school announced.

Both forward Chase McCarty and guard Mercy Miller are rated as four-star players by multiple recruiting outlets.

McCarty, 6-foot-6, was ranked No. 73 by and No. 94 by ESPN. The IMG Academy senior has several offers, including from Big 12 rivals Kansas and Texas Tech.


Before joining IMG, he played his junior year at Westminster Christian (Ala.), where he led the team to the Class 4A State Championship Game and was a finalist for the Class 4A Player of the Year after averaging 23.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

During the summer, he averaged 20.0 ppg for Atlanta Express and won the 3-point shooting championship at Under Armour’s Elite 24 in August.

The Cougars snagged Miller, 6-foot-4, out of Sherman Oaks, Calif., where he goes to Notre Dame High School. He committed to Houston in August of 2021.

With Notre Dame last season he led the team to its first CIF state championship with a win over Granada, scoring 17 points with nine rebounds, five assists and five steals in the title game.

Before going to Notre Dame, he played his first two seasons of prep basketball at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, Minn., where he led the team to the state championship as a freshman in 2020-21.  

The signings are the first two since Houston joined the Big 12 in July. They are part of four teams that joined the league in its first wave of expansion, along with BYU, UCF and Houston.

Four more schools — Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah — will join in 2024-25. Oklahoma and Texas will depart for the SEC next year.

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