For UH Basketball, Tramon Mark’s return raises expectations

Earlier this week, the college basketball website’s social media account posted its rankings of the best backyards for the upcoming 2022-23 season.

Unsurprisingly, the University of Houston – with the return of Marcus Sasser and the appearance of Jamal Shedd – scored its entry at number two on the list.

While Sasser and Shedd receive plenty of pre-season attention, former UH guard Keeler Edwards was keen to mention another guard who might be under the radar after missing most of last season with a shoulder injury but is equally important to the Cougars title hopes.

“You just don’t know just yet,” Edwards said of Tramon Mark, a rookie from Dickinson who was limited to seven games last season due to a torn severity that required surgery in late December.

The return of a healthy marker is key for UH, who is mentioned as a top-five pre-season candidate and No. 1 regional seed in the NCAA’s Very Early Years Predictions. By all indications, Mark could be ready for the kind of comeback season that could help the Cougars live up to back-zone expectations and spark another rally in March as National title contenders.

Without Sasser—who was sidelined at the same time due to a foot injury—and Mark, the Cougars captured the American Athletic Conference’s regular season and championship titles and came in triumph with a second straight trip to the Final Four.