For UH basketball, return of Tramon Mark raises expectations

For UH basketball, return of Tramon Mark raises expectations

Earlier this week, the social media account for a college basketball website posted its rankings of the top backcourts for the upcoming 2022-23 season.

To no surprise, the University of Houston – with the return of Marcus Sasser and the emergence of Jamal Shead – checked in at No. 2 on the list.

While Sasser and Shead receive much of the preseason attention, former UH guard Kyler Edwards made sure to mention one other guard who may be under-the-radar after he missed most of last season with a shoulder injury but is equally important to the Cougars’ title hopes.

“Y’all just don’t even know yet,” Edwards said of Tramon Mark, a junior from Dickinson who was limited to seven games last season because of a torn labrum that required surgery in late December.

The return of a healthy Mark is key for UH, which is being mentioned as a preseason top-5 candidate and No. 1 regional seed in way-too-early NCAA tournament projections. By all indications, Mark could be poised for the type of comeback season that could help the Cougars live up to the backcourt expectations and spark another deep March run as national title contenders.

Without Sasser – sidelined around the same time with a foot injury – and Mark, the Cougars captured the American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles and came within a victory of a second straight trip to the Final Four.

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