ESPN No. 95 ranked high school junior Nate Hinton has committed to the University of Houston.
The 6-6, 200-pound point guard averaged a team-high 19.1 points this season for Gaston Day School (Gastonia, NC), leading the team to the N.C. Independent Schools 2A semifinals.
“Honestly they had me sold before I got there [on my visit],” Hinton told Scout of the Cougars. “They told me everything I needed to know and they had a plan for me from day one and that never changed. And I felt real comfortable with them as a staff.”
“It is a guard system and they are real guard heavy,” added Hinton.” They want to use me as a combo and take [senior] Rob Gray’s spot, and hopefully catapult the team to another level with my ability to play defense and offense.”
Hinton, a North Carolina native, also had another reason why he picked Houston.
“This is ACC country, so it was very hard for me to say that I’m not going to an ACC school,” Hinton told chron.com “I’m going to Houston.”
Hinton saw his stock rise after a strong spring when he averaged 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists for Team Loaded NC, leading the squad to the Adidas Gauntlet championship game.
“Nate Hinton was one of the best players at (the) Adidas Finale,” PrepHoops’ Justin Byerly told the Charlotte Observer.
His Team Loaded NC coach Derrick Wall was equally impressed with Hinton’s Adidas Gauntlet play.
“He was an all-around versatile player and everybody likes the way he competes,” said Wall. “I mean, he just blew up.”
The Cougars beat out the likes of Cincinnati, Florida State, and Michigan to land Hinton, who is the son of Dr. Benjamin Hinton, the pastor of Gastonia’s Tabernacle Baptist Church.
Hinton is head coach Kelvin Sampson’s first top 100 recruit directly from high school since he joined the team 2014.
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