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Justin Gorham: "I'm just trying to be more consistent."
POSTED: November 11, 2020 -- 1:33 p.m. CT
In his first season of basketball action for the Houston Cougars, Justin Gorham averaged 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 13 minutes per game. Gorham made 28 of 82 field goal attempts (34.1 fg%) including 10 of 33 three point attempts (30.3 3pt%).
Gorham posted an effective field goal percentage (eFG%) of 40.2 (28 field goals made + 0.5 * 10 threes made / 82 field goal attempts) last season.
Gorham transferred to Houston after his first 2 seasons at Towson. Gorham sat out the 2018-19 season at Houston.
During the 2019-'20 season for Houston, Gorham's season-high numbers include 11 points versus Alabama State; 8 field goal attempts versus Portland; 7 rebounds against UT-Arlington; 6 free throws made and attempted at South Carolina; 3 assists (most recently at Temple); 2 threes made at USF; 1 blocked shot in 3 games; and 1 steal in 2 games.
With Fabian White Jr, Houston's top forward out this season due to a torn ACL, Gorham should see increased minutes and an increased role for Houston in the 2020-'21 season.
During a virtual media conference session, Gorham discussed how much his body has changed from when he first arrived at UH to now.
"My body has changed a lot," Gorham acknowledged. "At my previous school (Towson), I was like 225; but, it was all kind of fat. No muscle. But, my redshirt year (at Houston) working with Coach Bishop (UH Strength and Conditioning Alan Bishop) and on the court working with Coach Kellen (Houston Assistant Coach Kellen Sampson), they got me in shape.
"Because, at my old school, I was playing down low and here I'm playing behind the perimeter; so, I had to get in shape. This year, I'm just trying to be more consistent. I'm trying to be consistent all around -- on offense, defense and rebounding. That's one thing I've focused on during the offseason being more consistent on my jump shot; guarding (on defense). Consistency."
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Next, Gorham was asked if he experienced any loss of confidence during last season.
"I wouldn't say loss of confidence," Gorham said. "I was down on myself some games but not loss of confidence. Coach Sampson always -- whether I have a good game or a bad game -- Coach Sampson is always in my ear about 'You can't lose your confidence.' He wants me to shoot the ball when I'm open.
"I really never lost any confidence; but, some days, I was definitely disappointed in myself. Coach Sampson and the staff definitely helped me overcome that."
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