Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/11/14
A week after the hiring of coach Kelvin Sampson, the University of Houston's top two scorers are seeking to play elsewhere. Junior guard Danuel House and senior forward TaShawn Thomas had their requests to transfer denied and are currently going through the appeal process. House, a highly recruited prospect from Fort Bend Hightower, said he had his "mind made up before the end of the season." "Honestly, I know I want to leave UH," House said Thursday night. At issue is the granting of a transfer request to reserve point guard Jaaron Simmons, who left the program last week. "They let transfers come in, they let one of my teammates get his release without any process or denial," said House, who averaged 13.6 points this season and was Conference USA's Freshman of the Year in 2013. "But when I asked for mine they denied my request. I felt that was unfair. Our university always speaks highly of integrity but they didn't show any integrity to me. It's like a hostage situation." Mack Rhoades, UH's vice president for intercollegiate athletics, and Sampson were not available for comment. Thomas, who led the Cougars in scoring (15.4) and rebounding (8.1) this season, said he met with Sampson on a few occasions before deciding to transfer. "I feel like they should respect that I'm trying to explore different options," Thomas, a second-team American Athletic Conference selection, told KRIV-TV. "I'm kind of nervous about the whole new situation with the coach." The transfer requests for House and Thomas were declined on April 4, the day after Sampson was named the Cougars' new basketball coach. Sampson replaced James Dickey, who stepped down at the end of the season for a personal family matter.
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