Feb. 6, 2013
FORT WORTH—The TCU men’s basketball program will celebrate the standout career of former Horned Frog Darrell Browder with a special ceremony during the team’s Feb. 9 home matchup against West Virginia at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Browder, TCU’s all-time leading scorer who lettered all four years from 1980 through 1983, will be honored at halftime of the Frogs’ 3 p.m. meeting with the Mountaineers. The game will also serve as TCU Basketball Lettermen’s Day, as all former Frogs hoopsters are being welcomed back to campus.
One of the all-time greats in TCU basketball lore, Browder helped lead a rebirth of TCU basketball success that eventually saw the squad climb to the top of the Southwest Conference in the latter parts of the 1980’s. The Fort Worth native totaled 1,886 points while averaging 16.1 points per game for his career playing for former head coach Jim Killingsworth’s heralded “Killer Frogs” squads. He also still holds career records for minutes played (4,378) and field goals (803) while ranking among the top 5 in starts (No. 3, 114), assists (No. 4, 459) and steals (No. 5, 129).
Browder earned numerous honors during his career, including three times being named an All-Southwest Conference First-Team selection. He helped usher TCU out of one of the most stagnant periods of its history as a senior in 1983 by leading the team to a 23-11 record, its best since 1968, and to the quarterfinals of the National Invitational Tournament. That season’s Frogs team just missed winning the SWC tournament title, falling to the Houston “Phi Slamma Jamma” group that would go on to play in the NCAA title game by only three points in the conference final. Browder helped carry TCU to the championship matchup by scoring 22 points during a semifinal overtime upset of No. 6 Arkansas.
Browder was a local legend even before his time as a Frog thanks to an outstanding prep career in the Fort Worth area playing for local coaching legend Robert Hughes at Dunbar High School. He was named the district and Tarrant County MVP as a senior when he helped Dunbar reach the Texas Class 4A state semifinals.
Following his TCU career, the Houston Rockets selected Browder with the 71st overall pick in the fourth round of the 1983 NBA draft. He was inducted into the TCU Lettermen’s Association Hall of Fame in 1999.
Tickets to TCU’s Feb. 9 contest against West Virginia are available for purchase through the TCU Athletics Ticket Office by either calling (817) 257-FROG or visiting GoFrogs.com.