Knowles cleared to play, will make Cougars debut Thursday

Knowles cleared to play, will make Cougars debut Thursday
November 12, 2013, 7:00 pm
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CSNHouston Staff

The highly anticipated career of Danrad Knowles at the University of Houston can finally begin.

The NCAA has finally ruled Cougars forward Danrad “Chicken” Knowles eligible, head coach James Dickey announced on Tuesday. Knowles will make his debut when Houston hosts UTSA at 7 p.m. on Thursday.  

“We are grateful that the NCAA has ruled quickly in Danrad’s case, and we are excited that he has been allowed to compete this season,” Dickey said. “I appreciate all the efforts of our administration and compliance department throughout this process. As excited as our coaches, players and fans will be with this news, no one will be more excited to hit the court than Danrad on Thursday night.”

Knowles sat out the entire 2012-13 season while attending classes at UH-Downtown but has been attending classes at UH this fall while working out with the Cougars out every day since practice began Oct. 4.  

Knowles was born in Nassau, Bahamas, but has lived in Houston where he was homeschooled. He competed in the Homeschool Christian Youth Association from 2010-2012 before signing with UH. As a senior in 2011-12, he received the Maravich Award as the nation’s top HomeSchool student-athlete and was ranked among the top 60 players by national scouting organizations.