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#5 Leonard Houston
Position: GUARD
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 175
Year: Senior
Hometown: Holland, Mich.
High School: West Ottawa
Experience: 3 Letters

2007-08 — Earned second team All-Missouri Valley Conference playing honors, while also being named to MVC Most Improved Team...more than doubled (441) his combined career output (190) in points entering season...ranks seventh in MVC in scoring (14.0 avg.)...had appeared in 79 career games entering season without starting a game...has been fixture in starting lineup since season opener when he scored 21 against UC San Diego in starting debut...has scored in double figures in 24 games, leading team in scoring seven times...equaled career high (seven) in rebounding in four of last 10 games down stretch (vs. Evansville, Bradley, Butler, Creighton)...named outstanding player in Iowa Realty Invitational after averaging 20.5 points in two games while tying career high with 23, including career high four treys, in championship victory past Duquesne...had 23 in home opener vs. Cornell despite playing only 13 minutes...scored 23 points, making three treys, at Illinois State...collected 19 points, five assists while tying career high with seven rebounds at Bradley...had 18 points in home win vs. Illinois State, including 13 in second half...had 17 points, while tying career high with four steals at Missouri State.

2006-07 — Provided spark off bench, playing in 30 games with career best 4.5 scoring average and 2.5 rebounding average...ranked third on team with 23 three-point baskets, while more than doubling his previous two-year career output (10)...led team in steals in seven games...achieved career high of 12 points vs. Utah State and at Bradley...collected career-high six assists in MVC Tournament win vs. Evansville...grabbed career-high six rebounds in season opener vs. Southeast Missouri State...played career- best 27 minutes in home finale vs. Evansville...scored nine points in home games vs. Waldorf and Missouri State, as well as Troy State in Top of World Classic...matched career high with three treys in both games vs. Bradley, as well as against Utah State and Troy in Top of World Classic...had career-high three steals vs. Waldorf and at Northern Iowa...also had five rebounds, along with blocked shot and assist in home game vs. Missouri State...had four points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one blocked shot in upset home win vs Wichita State...had six points and two assists in nine minutes at Illinois State...collected five points and three rebounds in 12 minutes in home game vs. Indiana State.

2005-06 — Averaged 2.4 points, while playing in 25 games...scored season-high 10 points in road finale at Bradley...played season-high 16 minutes at San Jose State, scoring five points...scored nine points vs. Texas Christian, hitting career-high three treys, while also collecting three rebounds and three assists...grabbed five rebounds vs. Shawnee State.

2004-05 — Played in 24 games, averaging 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds...came off bench to score 10 points in season-high 18 minutes at Southern Utah...grabbed season-high four rebounds twice in games against Evansville...fueled second-half comeback in home win vs. Indiana State with five points...scored five points, including first three-point basket of season, vs. Western Illinois...had three rebounds vs. Southern Utah, Wagner, and in home game vs. Northern Iowa.

High School — Averaged 15.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals as senior while sparking West Ottawa to 16-6 record, including first OK Red Lakeshore Championship since 1970...earned fourth-team Michigan Class A all-state honors and scored 24 points for the Class A All-Stars in Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan All-Star game in Brighton, Mich....two-time unanimous all-league choice and was named to The Holland (Mich.) Sentinel All-Area Dream team in 2004...McDonalds All-American nominee...scored career-high 35 points vs. Grand Rapids Baptist...played with current college teammate Brent Heemskerk on Grand Rapids Storm AAU team which won 2004 Michigan 19-and-under state title, earning an automatic bid to the National AAU 19-under Tournament...also played against Heemskerk in the 2004 TAWASI All-Star game, which showcased the top players in western Michigan...scored 21 points for winning team in 108-102 victory.

Personal — Marketing and management major...recipient of Jeffrey Williams Award from the College of Business and Public Administration...born Leonard Lee Houston, Jr. on Dec. 9, 1985, in Muskegon Heights, Mich....father: Leonard Houston Sr. and mother: Robin Walton...has sister: Robyn (20), and two brothers: Franklyn (25) and Zachary (23)...guardians: Von and Beth Washington and their children: Von III and Adonne...high school coach: Von Washington.