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Kelvin Sampson: "I think he fits the way we play."
POSTED: October 15, 2020 -- 9:49 a.m. CT
Reggie Chaney will be one of the newcomers on the Houston Cougars' 2020-'21 roster. Chaney, 6'8, 225, transferred to Houston from the University of Arkansas June 22nd.
On September 10, Chaney received an NCAA waiver for eligibility to participate in the 2020-'21 season.
Houston Head Coach Kelvin Sampson is not ready to place expectations on Chaney for this season; however, Coach Sampson believes Reggie fits Houston's culture and style of play.
"I don't know. We have to wait and see," Sampson said. "I don't really have expectations per se right now. We haven't started practice. I've watched him in workouts a lot. He's a great kid. He's got a great work ethic. He's quiet.
"I think he fits the way we play. But, you know, I think anybody can fit the way we play if they're willing to adjust and adapt to what we do. There are certain things that are non-negotiable. We don't sit around and see what your thoughts are on them. It's kind of what we do.
"But, I think he'll be fine."
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As a sophomore, Chaney played in 29 games and started seven. As a freshman, Chaney played in all 34 games and started two while averaging 5.4 points per game with 3.5 rebounds a contest.
In Arkansas' final 10 games in 2019-'20, Chaney scored in five of the 10 games. He scored a season-high 17 points (in 36 minutes) versus Missouri on February 8. Chaney scored 10 points (in 20 minutes) in the next game versus Tennessee on February 10. Next, Chaney scored 4 (in 18 minutes) versus Mississippi State; then, Chaney was scoreless in 4 straight games (a total of 20 minutes in the four games); 2 points versus LSU (6 minutes); 0 versus Texas A&M (3 minutes); and, finally, 4 points versus Vanderbilt (18 minutes).
He blocked 62 shots in 63 games -- with at least 3 blocked shots occurring in 9 games. Chaney blocked 1 shot per 15.79 minutes in his Razorbacks' career.
Sampson added, "Losing Fabian (senior forward Fabian White Jr. will miss this season because of a torn ACL). You don't replace him. I don't care who we would have gotten. There's a lot of kids that were available; but, not all of them fit us."
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