Season Preview: Texas Christian
Last Season: 24-15, NIT Champions
Key Losses: Brandon Parrish
Key Additions: Kevin Samuel, R.J. Nembhard
After another disappointing season in the Big 12, the Texas Christian Horned Frogs made the best of missing out on the NCAA tournament by winning the NIT. En route to their NIT title, they defeated Iowa and Georgia Tech. That was not the only bright spot though, the Horned Frogs also upset Kansas in the Big 12 tournament before losing to a hot Iowa State team in the semifinals. TCU relied on their well-rounded roster to help them produce consistent points to turn things around late in the season.
Heading into his second year, head coach Jamie Dixon has a lot to look forward to for this season. Their only notable player lost was Brandon Parrish, but he rarely got a ton of minutes last year anyway. All of their starters, and most of their bench will return this next season, making it easier for Dixon to develop young talent on the team. The Horned Frogs also gained two exciting freshman in Kevin Samuel and R.J. Nembhard. The wide-statured and 6’10” Samuel has a nifty hook shot that he relies on in the paint for scoring, while also having quality talent on the defensive end of the court. Nembhard, a 6’2″ guard from Texas, is a quick player that has athleticism that allows him to explode to the rim, while also possessing the range to knock down jumpers from deep.
Texas Christian is a sneaky team that can make the tournament this year with all of the talent they brought back and the new recruiting class playing this year. Expect them to finish in the middle of the pack in the Big 12, but don’t be surprised if they have a good year. This year provides the first real test for coach Dixon, as the team has the talent to put together a decent season. The Horned Frogs should be able to build off of their success toward the latter part of last season.
Projected Starting Lineup:
PG: Alex Robinson
SG: Jaylen Fisher
SF: Kenrich Williams
PF: J.D. Miller
C: Vladimir Brodziansky