HOUSTON – Nate Hinton knows that forgoing his final two seasons of eligibility is a leap of faith.
“I believe you have to be confident in yourself and abilities,” said the former Univerisity of Houston Cougars guard.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic cut the Coog’s season unexpectedly, Hinton led the team in rebounds and steals.
However, Hinton said the disruption left him with a numb feeling. He said he began to think about his next steps.
“My mind frame was all on coming back next year to have some more to prove,” he said.
However, Hinton said head coach Kelvin Sampson gave him the nudge to go pro.
“Coach Sampson came to me and said, ‘I think you should test the waters,’ and as I furthered the process I ultimately decided that this is what I needed to do,” he said.
Hinton said the advice speaks volumes about Sampson.