Coach Pat Foster and guard Darrell Mickins follow
Asst. Coach Ray Harton, Jr. off the floor as players
from the University of Texas celebrate their S8-86 victory over the Coogs. Photo by Tony Bullard.
A UT player looks for help as UH forward Roger Fernandez accidently falls on him. Forward Richard Hol-
lis (00) prepares to block the opponent's shot, just in
case. Photo by Tony Bullard.
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Two key figures on the basketball team will be gone next year,
possibly playing with the big boys
in the NBA, but for forward Richard Hollis and guard Horace
Chaney, the biggest goal in their
lives right now is getting their
"I think I have a chance to play
professional basketball, but I
have to look past basketball because it won't always be there. I
can't wait until I get cut or injured before I realize that I need
something besides basketball,"
said Hollis who is currently pursuing a Sociology degree.
Like Hollis, Chaney also
dreams of playing in the NBA,
but realizes that he needs something else.
"It has always been a childhood dream of mine to play in the
NBA, but it's even more of a
dream to me with my family sit
uation now," said Chaney who
has been married for three years,
has one child, and is expecting
another in the near future.
"But I can't count on basketball, I really need to get my degree."
Like Chaney, Hollis is also married, although not quite the veteran Chaney is. Hollis has been
married for the past five months,
and says that it has turned his
life around, along with a little
help from Head Coach Pat Foster.
"The day I remember the most
was when coach Foster talked to
me about God. I wasn't living my
life right and he saw it. For him to
be able to talk to me about what
is best for me, not for UH basketball, really had an effect on
me. That and my marriage have
helped me a lot."
It was that same type of trust
that Hollis had for UH that
brought him to Houston.
"I was being recruited by Alvin
Brooks, and he was the only one
that I trusted. He didn't offer me
anything, tell me any lies, or tell
me what I would or wouldn't be.
He talked about life after basketball, and how important it was to
get my degree."
Phi Slamma Jamma also
sparked Hollis's interest in the
Hollis was living in New Mexico, and the road to the Final
Four took the Cougars to Albur-
querque, and the team known for
high flying slam dunks left a good
impression on the tenth grader.
"They were a great influence
on me. I was a sophomore in High
School living in New Mexico, and
after they came out there, it was
my dream to play basketball at
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UH gets the rebound, as a TCU player battles with guard Darrell Mickins (33), forward Richard Hollis (00), and Craig
Unchurch (3). Photo by Tony Bullard.
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