July 5, 2013
FORT WORTH—The TCU men’s basketball team will head out on a summer tour of eastern Canada next month for four exhibition games against Canadian teams. The Horned Frogs will depart Aug. 8 and visit Ottawa, Ontario, and Montréal, Québec, before returning Aug. 13.
The trip will be TCU’s first to an international location during the summer months since former head coach Neil Dougherty’s squad traveled to Costa Rica during the 2007 offseason. The Frogs also traveled to Australia in 2002. NCAA teams are allowed one international summer trip every four years.
The bulk of the Frogs’ Canadian tour will be based in Ottawa, where the squad has scheduled matchups with the University of Ottawa (Aug. 9), Guardsman Alumni (Aug. 10) and Carleton University (Aug. 11). The team then travels to Montréal for an Aug. 12 matchup against the Montréal All-Stars at Brebeuf College before returning to Fort Worth.
TCU will feature a revamped roster in Canada featuring four newcomers and just one returning starter from last season’s group.
Leading the Frogs’ returnees will be junior guard Kyan Anderson, last year’s team leader in scoring and assists, and junior forward Devonta Abron, who was fourth in scoring and second in rebounding. Also returning for TCU are senior guards Jarvis Ray and Thomas Montigel and sophomore guards Kemal Dincer, Charles Hill Jr. and Clyde Smith III. Sophomore guard Christian Gore, who sat out last season as a transfer, and redshirt freshman forward Aaron Durley, who missed the year due to a knee injury, will see their first game action as Frogs in Canada. Ray returns after missing all of TCU's Big 12 schedule with a broken foot.
Junior forward Amric Fields will be held out of competition while continuing to recover from his own knee injury that ended his 2012-13 season after just the third game.
In addition to seeing the offseason progress made by its returning core, TCU will get an early look at its heralded 2013 signing class during the trip north. ESPN.com recently rated the group, which features guards Hudson Price (Orlando, Fla/The First Academy) and Michael Williams (San Antonio, Texas/Reagan) and forwards Brandon Parrish (Arlington, Texas/Seguin) and Karviar Shepherd (Dallas, Texas/Prime Prep), as the nation’s 34th-best class.
TCU’s fifth off-season addition, senior guard Trey Zeigler, will be held out of action in Canada due to NCAA transfer rules.
The Frogs are allowed begin full-scale practices in preparation for the trip 10 days prior to their Aug. 8 departure date.
INDIVIDUAL GAME INFORMATION
Aug. 9 vs. University of Ottawa (8 p.m. CDT) – Game will be played at Montpetit Hall on the campus of the University of Ottawa … single-game tickets are available for purchase through CapitalTickets.ca or at the Gee-Gees box office by calling 613-562-5800 ext. 4337 … a live video webcast of the game will be offered at Ottawa’s official athletics website, GeeGees.ca.
Aug. 10 vs. Guardsman Alumni (7 p.m. CDT) – Game will be played at the Ravens’ Nest on the campus of Carleton University … single-game tickets area available for purchase through GoRavens.Carleton.ca or at the Carleton box office at 613-520-2600 ext. 3133.
Aug. 11 vs. Carleton University (7 p.m. CDT) – Game will be played at the Ravens’ Nest on the campus of Carleton University … single-game tickets area available for purchase through GoRavens.Carleton.ca or at the Carleton box office at 613-520-2600 ext. 3133.
Aug. 12 vs. Montreal All-Stars (7 p.m. CDT) – Game will be played at Brebeuf College … ticket information to be announced at a later date.