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Big 12 2019-20 Season Preview: TCU

The TCU Horned Frogs

2018-19 Record: 23-14 (7-11)

2018-19 Big 12 Conference Finish: T-7

TCU had a rough 2018-19 regular season. Head Coach Jamie Dixon has a star guard in Desmond Bane and a red-shirt sophomore forward in Kevin Samuel, but, other than them, Dixon has a few spots to fill this upcoming season.

Players to Watch

1.) Desmond Bane:

Desmond Bane is a 6’6″, 215-pound senior guard. Bane started in every game last season, averaging 15.2-points, 5.7-rebounds, and 2.4-assists per game. He was selected to be on the All-Big 12 Second Team and the Associated Press All-Big 12 Second Team. Bane is a solid shooter and facilitator, and he can crash down low.

Key Losses

1.) Jaylen Fisher:

Jaylen Fisher is a 6’2″, 200-pound guard. Fisher played in 17 of 33 games last season because of a knee injury he suffered during practice. Before his injury, Fisher averaged 12.3-points and 5.4-assists per game. The star point guard entered the NCAA’s transfer portal at the end of the 2018-19 season.

2.) Kouat Noi:

Kouat Noi is a 6’7″, 205-pound forward. The forward started in 19-games last season for the Horned Frogs. He averaged 13.9-points and 4.9-rebounds per game during his sophomore campaign, and he was an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention. At the end of the 2018-19 season, Noi unexpectedly announced his decision to leave college early and pursue his dreams of playing professional basketball.

Key Newcomers

1.) P.J. Fuller:

P.J. Fuller is a 6’4″, 175-pound guard. Once his senior season of high school hoops concluded, Fuller ranked 73rd in ESPN’s Top-100. Besides that, he earned a 4-star rating by ESPN, and 247Sports rated him the 12th best shooting guard nationally.

Final Thoughts

TCU’s head coach will help the squad win games during this upcoming season. Fisher and Noi were two vital players for the team last season, so the program will have to adjust and learn to win games without them. TCU’s roster looks decent, but not as solid as they’d like. 

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Jharad K. McClung Lester
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