House Jr. is already comfortable with Martin

May 4, 2014 

Danuel House while with the Houston Cougars

TROY TAORMINA — USA TODAY Sports

Danuel House Jr. was one of the nation's top recruits in 2012. Among the coaches who were hot after him was Frank Martin, first at Kansas State and then at USC.

Martin didn't land the 6-foot-7 House then as he signed with the University of Houston, but Martin might get him on the rebound.

House is transferring from Houston and will visit USC with his parents this Thursday through Saturday, and he's looking forward to meeting up with Martin again.

"They heard I was coming back on the boards to transfer and they reached out with love and support and I liked that," said House, who is a native of Fresno, Texas. "Coach Martin demands you play hard and he wants the best for his players and their family. He's very supportive when it comes to the family."

House will visit UCLA on May 13 and will also visit Iowa, UNLV and possibly one other school as he goes through the recruiting process again. He's never been to USC, so he's looking forward to learning more about the program and surroundings.

"I want to see the campus, the educational institution, the fans and support and the facilities," he said. "I want to see what the coaches and the town can offer."

House said he's starting out with the schools even with him and he plans to take his visits before making the decision. And it's his plan to seek a waiver from the NCAA that will allow him to play in 2014.

"My coach resigned and then got rehired at another job," House said in laying out his appeal plans to the NCAA. "The new coaches (Kelvin Sampson), I have no relationship and I feel very uncomfortable with the new coach with all the violations behind him."

House said he won't file his appeal until he determines his new school.

House was the Conference USA Freshman of the Year two seasons ago. This past season he averaged 13 points and 5 rebounds per game.

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