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Emanuel Sharp, top 100 national recruit, commits to Houston

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POSTED: May 14, 2021 -- 1:41 p.m. CT

Thursday evening, Emanuel Sharp announced his verbal commitment to the Houston Cougars Men's Basketball program:

Sharp is Houston's first Class of 2022 commitment. Sharp is considered a 4-star prospect by recruiting outlets. ranks him 81st in the country; ranks him 64th nationally, and ESPN ranks him 60th nationally.

I've seen Emanuel's heights listed ranging from 6'2 on ESPN to 6'4 on Rivals. The sites agree on his weight though -- 200 pounds.

Houston offered Emanuel a scholarship 2 months ago in March. Last year, in a June 28th article by Jacob Polacheck for, Emanuel mentioned he had scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Rutgers, SMU, Florida, Texas Tech, and USF. At that time, he had received interest from Ohio State, Notre Dame, Holy Cross, Iona, Houston, Florida State, UCF, Miami and Georgia.

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Emanuel's father, Derrick Sharp, played basketball at USF from 1991-93 before an illustrious career with Maccabi Tel Aviv. In his 15 seasons with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Sharp won a record 29 club titles, won two EuroLeague championships and later served as a Tel Aviv assistant coach under David Blatt.

Sharp is a highly skilled guard who can shoot with range and create his own offense.

In the 2020-21 season, Sharp led Bishop McLaughlin Catholic (Spring Hill, FL.) High School team to the Florida Class 3A state semifinals. Sharp averaged 24.7 points, 3.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. He earned 3A first-team All-State honors.

As a sophomore, 2019-20, at Blake High School in FL, Emanuel averaged 31.9 points per game which ranked 4th in the state and among the top 20 in the nation. He transferred to Bishop McLaughlin for his junior year.

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