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Houston Cougars Men's Hoops Signs Cedric Lath to NLI

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POSTED: November 18, 2022 -- 11:23 a.m. CT

Balboa School center Cedric Lath became a member of the Houston Cougars Men's Basketball program after signing a National Letter of Intent.

In this interview with Pro Insight's Tyler Glazier, Cedric mentions he began playing basketball 3 years ago.

Lath – who last name is pronounced Lot – is expected to join the Cougars at the semester break in January 2023. After sitting out the remainder of the 2022-23 season as a redshirt, he will have four years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2023-24.

Lath, 6'10", 260, chose Houston over Texas, BYU, UCLA, TCU, Kansas State, Arizona, UConn and Illinois.

"First of all, Cedric is a great kid. He is very young to the game, but he has very long arms and has really good hands. Just because you are big doesn't mean you are going to be physical. Some guys ran away from contact; some guys run to contact. Cedric is a contact player," said Houston Head Coach Kelvin Sampson. "The thing I like about Cedric is that he wants to be good. Cedric will get in the gym and will work on his game. He is a very good student and fits our culture well. I am looking forward to working with Big Ced."

"Cedric is a big-body big who runs the floor extremely well. He can get out and guard on the perimeter, but he can a also get down in the paint with the bigs," Balboa School Head Coach Dominique Jones said. "Cedric is a great, young man off the floor. He came to America about two years ago and is just a great student and a pleasure to be around."

He joined Arlington Martin High School guard Kordelius Jefferson, Cypress Falls High School forward Joseph Tugler and Rancho Verde High School center Jacob McFarland in the Cougars' signing Class of 2023. Together, the group gives Houston the No. 16 signing class in the nation from 247Sports, the No. 19 class from Rivals and the No. 20 class by ESPN.


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