University of Houston junior guard Jherrod Stiggers has decided to turn professional, and has hired an agent, according to a release from the team.
“I appreciate the support from all my coaches and teammates during the last four years, especially Coach Sampson. He has been a mentor and father figure as much as a basketball coach. This was a tough decision, but I know it’s the right thing to do,” Stiggers said. “I only have a few more classes left, and I plan on getting my degree for me and for my family. I like the direction Coach Sampson is leading the team, and I look forward to watching the Cougars in the NCAA Tournament soon.”
Sampson was sorry to lose Stiggers, but wished him the best.
“While we are disappointed to see Jherrod leave, we understand his desire to do what’s best for him and his family,” Sampson said. “We wish him all the best in the future, and we thank him for his years of dedication to our program.”
Stiggers led the Cougars in scoring this past season at 14.2 points-per-game, and is something of a 3-point gunner having taken nine shots per game this year from beyond the arc. His efficiency suffered though, only shooting 34 percent on those attempts.
Given Sampson’s statement, it seems like Stiggers wanted to help out his family by beginning to earn money. And if that’s the case, it’s tough to fault him for that. It’s just highly unlikely he’ll be doing that in the NBA next season. Stiggers is not in my top-100 prospects, and isn’t really particularly close either. He’s a good shooter though, and he should have a market overseas. Hopefully he signs and makes some good money for a while.