Story courtesy: UTSA Athletics
SAN ANTONIO – UTSA men’s basketball has signed Houston forward Cedrick Alley Jr. to a National Letter of Intent, it was announced by head coach Steve Henson on Thursday.
Alley Jr., a 6-foot-6, 225-pound forward played in 60 games over the last two seasons for the University of Houston. A product of Houston’s Klein Forest High School, Alley Jr. is a redshirt junior entering his 2020-21 campaign with the Roadrunners.
“We are tremendously excited to welcome Cedrick to our UTSA family,” Henson said. “Cedrick brings a ton of experience and versatility to our roster and he will be leaned on heavily to share his NCAA March Madness experiences and blue-collar approach. Cedrick is the rare combination of size and skill which will allow him to make a seamless transition to our system.”
Over his two seasons at Houston, Alley Jr. played in 60 games, making 16 starts. He played in two games off the bench as a freshman before receiving a medical redshirt season. He played in a program-record 37 games with 16 starts as a redshirt freshman, averaging 4.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. He was named to the all-tournament team in the Men Against Breast Cancer Cougar Cup and was twice named American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Week.
Alley Jr. averaged 17.9 minutes per game as a redshirt freshman, connecting on 31 attempts from 3-point range, shooting 76.3 percent from the free-throw line and totaling 17 steals. He helped lead the 33-4 Cougars to the 2018-19 NCAA Tournament, posting wins over Georgia State and Ohio State in Tulsa, Okla., before falling to Kentucky.
In 2019-20, Alley Jr. appeared in 23 games off the bench for the Cougars, averaging 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds per game.
Alley Jr. starred for Klein Forest High School in Houston for Coach Cary Black. He was named the 2017 Mr. Basketball by Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. He also garnered TABC All-State Class 6A and All Region 2 accolades. He was recognized as District 16-6A MVP for two consecutive seasons and led his team to 34 consecutive wins to open his senior season before falling in the regional final.