HOUSTON - Center Marial Dahl became the newest member of the University of Houston men's basketball team with his signing of a National Letter of Intent, head coach Tom Penders recently announced.
At 7-foot, 3-inches tall, Dahl will be the tallest player in the history of the program. He also will become the eighth 7-footer and only the third African to wear the scarlet and white in the history of the program.
Dahl, who competes as a sophomore at Hillsborough Community College in 2009-10, is one of the leading shot blockers in the nation, averaging eight blocks and eight rebounds per game. He sat out as a redshirt during his freshman campaign and played for the last two seasons there.
A native of Kampala, Uganda and a product of Our Savior New America School outside of New York, Dahl chose Houston over LSU, Florida, USF and Nevada. He will compete as a junior at Houston during the 2010-11 season.
With the addition of Dahl, the Cougars will boast in 2010-11 of having the tallest player in school history and one who ties as the shortest (5-8 sophomore point guard Desmond Wade).