Houston played with the Pokes back in the days of the Big 8 Conference. Furthermore, he might have some of the most impressive stats ever posted by an OK State player. Houston split time between head coaches. His first two years in college were under the last years of Leonard Hamilton. His last two years in college were under Eddie Sutton for the first two years of his tenure with the Cowboys.
Even looking at his freshman stats, Houston looked like a double-double machine. He averaged 13.0 points per game, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks. Each of his four seasons saw him put up at least a double-double when looking at his per 40-minute averages.
Houston’s best season came during Sutton’s first season with the Cowboys. In his junior campaign, Houston posted 22.7 points per game, 10.5 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 2.1 assists, and 1.3 steals. It was one of two seasons Houston had averaging a double-double. Houston’s efforts his junior campaign led the Cowboys to a Sweet Sixteen appearance in the 1991 NCAA Tournament and a Big 12 title. Best of all, he was named 1990-91 Big 8 Player of the Year.
There might not be any player in OK State more similar to Charles Barkley than Houston. He was selected 27th overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 1992 NBA Draft, in a career that lasted four seasons.