ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington men's basketball coach Scott Cross signed Friendswood native David Azore to a National Letter of Intent.
Azore, a 6-4 guard who will join the Mavericks next year as a true freshman, is currently a senior at Clear Brook High School. He is ranked as the No. 41 player in the state of Texas, according to Texas Top 100. Azore led district 24-6A in scoring and rebounding as a sophomore and junior and fell just two points shy of the school record with 46 points in a win over La Porte last season. He plays for Coach Christian Thompson at Clear Brook and is a 3-time varsity letter winner heading into his senior season.
"David is a 6-4 lefty that is extremely athletic," said Cross. "He can really slash to the basket and can finish great in traffic. He has also developed a very nice 3-point shot, which makes him even more difficult to defend. David reminds me of current Maverick Kaelon Wilson. David was a sleeper this summer that had a breakout tournament with Coach Chris Walker and the Texas Boys' Athletic Club."
Azore is the second (along with Tim Holland) of four expected signees for the UTA men's basketball program, which is selected by league coaches as the preseason favorite to win the Sun Belt Conference. The Mavericks have advanced to the postseason three times in the last five seasons and won a program-high 24 games twice during that period.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2017 graduate of Clear Brook High School ... coached by Christian Thompson ... led District 24-6A in scoring and rebounding as a sophomore and junior ... averaged 22 points and 8 rebounds per game as a junior ... fell just two points shy of the school record for points in a single game when he scored 46 points in a win over La Porte High School ... scored 38 points in a rivalry win over Clear Creek High School that clinched a playoff berth ... lettered on varsity as a freshman, sophomore and junior ... voted 24-6A Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore and Offensive Player of the Year as a junior ... played AAU basketball for Texas Boys' Athletic Club ... coached by Chris Walker ... rated as the No. 44 player in Texas by Texas Basketball Review and the No. 41 player in the state by Texas Top 100 ... listed as No. 14 best player in the Houston area by RCS Sports.
"David is a true competitor and will bring a strong desire to win at UTA. He has great character and will be an outstanding teammate for everyone involved. David is a very tenacious player and will be a very exciting and explosive player to watch, both offensively and defensively." -- Clear Brook Coach Christian Thompson.
"Dave is one of the most gifted scorers I have ever coached. He is very competitive and focused on being the best player he can be. UT Arlington got the steal of the 2017 class and I am glad he is happy with his decision to play for Scott Cross." -- Texas Boys' Athletic Club Coach Chris Walker.
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