Report: CCU administration nixes hoops recruit Houston

Coastal Carolina men’s basketball signee Deonte Houston will not attend the school after his recruitment was nixed by a high-ranking school official, according to a report by WBTW Channel 13.

The report said CCU executive VP and CEO Eddie Dyer investigated Houston’s past after receiving information from a concerned alum. Houston has had several run-ins with the law although all charges were dismissed, the report said, and CCU head coach Cliff Ellis.

Houston, a junior college transfer from Bronx, NY, was arrested on burglary charges in 2011 but they were dropped after the alleged victim decided not to press charges. He also was arrested earlier for possession of a firearm and gambling but those charges were dismissed, the report said.

The Chants opted to withdraw their scholarship offer and the move may have worked out for both parties. Houston now plans to attend Southern Mississippi and the Chanticleers were able to use his last-minute scholarship opening to sign Eric Smith, a transfer from South Carolina.

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