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Texas A&M looks for first NCAA trip since 2011

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) The Texas A&M Aggies improved in each of the last three seasons and believe they will take another big step forward this year and return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011.

In fact, coach Billy Kennedy all but guaranteed it in March when the Aggies were eliminated in the second round of the NIT tournament.

“I’ll go on the record and say now we’ll be a tournament team next year … I’m talking about NCAA,” Kennedy said.

He has plenty of reason to be confident in his team with a trio of senior starters led by guard Danuel House, who is in his second season with the team after a transfer from the University of Houston.

House earned first-team All-SEC honors last season after finishing fourth in scoring in league play with 16.2 points a game. House is one of just three returning players in the SEC who earned first team honors last season.

House had a foot injury late last season and missed time in the offseason with a knee injury, but Kennedy said he’s “really healthy now.”

He’s joined by fellow senior guard Alex Caruso, who led the SEC with 182 assists last season to become the first player in the league to lead in that category in consecutive seasons since 2009. The third senior is forward Jalen Jones. He earned second-team All-SEC honors a year ago after averaging 13.7 points a game and leading the Aggies with 6.6 rebounds a game.

The Aggies ramped up preparation for the season on Wednesday night when they had their annual Maroon and White scrimmage. House was encouraged by what he saw.

“We just tried to focus mainly on defense, staying positive and sharing the ball with each other,” he said. “Not trying to be selfish or not trying to be outside ourselves because we have talent at every spot.”

Though those three are the leaders of the team, Kennedy, who is entering his fifth year at Texas A&M, is excited about the players behind them, too.

“We have more depth than we’ve had in the past and we have guys who can score,” Kennedy said.

The Aggies open the season on Nov. 13 against University of Southern California-Upstate.

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The Aggies welcome a recruiting class that is arguably the best in school history. The group is highlighted by Tyler Davis, ranked by ESPN as the top player in Texas and the seventh-ranked center in the nation. He was named Mr. Basketball by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches after averaging 18.7 points, 12.2 and 3.4 blocks a game in leading Plano West to the 6A state title last season. He’s joined at A&M by high school teammate DJ Hogg, rated by some as the second-best player in the state. The forward averaged 17.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in Plano West’s championship season last year.


A new addition on the team will also be one of the oldest ones. Anthony Collins is a 23-year-old who played 101 games with 98 starts at South Florida before joining the Aggies this year as a graduate student. Collins averaged 8.1 points and 5.6 assists in his career at South Florida. He gained an extra year of eligibility after missing most of the 2013-14 season with an injury. His 569 career assists at South Florida are second in school history.


Texas A&M’s seniors are joined by Tavario Miller, Alex Robinson and Tonny Trocha-Morelos who all played at least 25 games a year ago. Robinson is a guard who appeared in 32 games last season and averaged 5.2 points a game. The Aggies are looking for more from Trocha-Morelos after the 6-foot-10 center from Colombia averaged just 1.5 points and two rebounds last year.

“He continues to get better and I think he is going to help our team a bunch,” Kennedy said.”


The Aggies got some early bonding time this summer when they went on a 10-day tour of Italy and Greece. The tour included four exhibition games and plenty of sightseeing. House, who made the trip but didn’t play because of an injury, said the experience was a great chance for the group to work on their chemistry in a low-key atmosphere before the hard work of the season began.

Texas A&M’s leading scorer unlikely to play on foreign tour

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On Saturday afternoon, Texas A&M will play in its first of four games on the team’s 11-day European tour.

The Aggies will likely be without leadings scorer Danuel House for the duration of the trip because of a minor knee injury, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy told Rothstein that House will dress, but likely won’t appear in any games.

House, the 6-foot-7 rising senior forward, averaged 14.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in his first season with the Aggies after transferring from Houston.

Even without House, this foreign trip is one to track. Texas A&M’s incoming class of Elijah Thomas, D.J. Hogg, Tyler Davis and Admon Gilder, all four-star recruits, and graduate transfer Anthony Collins Jr. make their debuts for the Aggies. The newcomers join a returning core that won 21 games in 2014-15, finishing fourth in the SEC standings.

Texas A&M faces the Nigeria National Team in Rome on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, the Aggies face the Latina All-Stars before traveling to Greece, where they have two games scheduled against the Athens All-Stars. The team returns home on Aug. 23.

Danuel House’s Texas A&M debut a successful one in Puerto Rico

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Offensive production was an issue for Texas A&M throughout the 2013-14 season, and despite the return of junior guard Alex Caruso it was clear that Billy Kennedy’s team lacked difference-makers on the perimeter. The dynamic changed Friday afternoon, when it was announced that the NCAA had cleared Houston transfer Danuel House to play immediately.

With House still in College Station (possible redshirts aren’t allowed to travel with the team), the decision was made to fly him down to Puerto Rico in advance of their game against New Mexico Sunday afternoon.

House had an immediate impact on the Aggies in his first game, accounting for 18 points, six rebounds and two assists in Texas A&M’s 64-51 victory over the Lobos. House made seven of his eleven field goal attempts, and his ability to score both off the dribble and via the jump shot opened things up for Texas A&M on the offensive end of the floor.

Overall Texas A&M shot 45.3% from the field, but in the second half the Aggies made 62.5% of their shots. Jalen Jones added 13 points and Alex Robinson 12, and while Caruso scored just five points he was responsible for ten of Texas A&M’s 16 assists. Having an offensive threat of House’s caliber opens things up for Texas A&M’s other options, something they desperately needed after struggling to reach the level of consistency needed to compete in the SEC.

House wasn’t the only player seeing his first action of the season for Texas A&M, with big men Tonny Trocha-Morelos and Dylan Johns also getting minutes. Trocha-Morelos, who was with the team when he was cleared by the NCAA, didn’t score in ten minutes of action, and Johns made his lone field goal attempt. Johns was suspended for Texas A&M’s first three games.

POSTERIZED: Welcome to the 2014-15 season, Danuel House (VIDEO)

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Texas A&M junior forward Danuel House is making his season debut today as the Houston transfer was ruled immediately eligible by the NCAA late this week.

The 6-foot-7 wing made his presence felt immediately with this thunderous dunk off of a steal against New Mexico in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

(H/T: Ball is Life)

Texas A&M receives good news regarding transfer guard

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Less than a week after former teammate TaShawn Thomas (now at Oklahoma) was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA, Texas A&M junior guard Danuel House received the good news himself. According to reports from Aubrey Bloom of the Bryan-College Station Eagle and Logan Lee of TexAgs.com, the NCAA has granted House’s request for a waiver that makes him eligible to compete immediately.

Also of note regarding House is that he did not travel with the team to Puerto Rico, where the Aggies are participating in the Puerto Rico Tipoff. Will he be flown down to join the team in time for their game Sunday against either George Mason or New Mexico? According to multiple reports, that will occur.

To say the least this is a big addition for Texas A&M, as they can certainly use another perimeter scorer. Alex Caruso is a preseason second team All-SEC selection and SMU transfer Jalen Jones currently averages 12.0 ppg, but the Aggies have a shortage of perimeter players who can make things happen off the dribble. House, who averaged 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game at Houston last season, can help them in that area.

Texas A&M lands Houston transfer Danuel House

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With their highest-scoring perimeter returnee averaging just 9.0 points per game last season (Alex Caruso), one issue that Texas A&M needed to address with an eye towards the future was the number of scoring options they have at the guard positions. According to multiple outlets head coach Billy Kennedy and his staff have done so via the transfer market, with former Houston guard Danuel House making the decision to join the Aggie program.

As a sophomore House, who along with forward TaShawn Thomas made the decision to leave the Houston program following the departure of head coach James Dickey, averaged 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. House shot 42.8% from the field and 33.3% from three last season, with his best offensive performance coming in a the Cougars’ season-opening win over Texas State (24 points).

House may have to sit out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules, but it was reported back in April that he would request a waiver to be allowed to play immediately. If that request is denied, House have two years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2015-16 campaign.

Interestingly enough it was also reported in April that both House and Thomas were prohibited by Houston from transferring to another program in Texas as a condition of their respective releases. Thomas eventually landed at Oklahoma, and according to some reports Texas A&M was the lone in-state school to be granted a release with regards to House.

“I will appeal that one,” House told Mark Berman of FOX 26 Sports at the time. “I feel they don’t want me to be really successful in the state of Texas unless I am at UH, and it really hurts my heart that they feel that way.”

Clearly something has changed since that point in time, and the hope for Texas A&M is that not only will House be able to give them a boost on the perimeter but he’ll be able to do so immediately.