Record Number of Alums Return to TCU
Aug. 27, 2017
FORT WORTH, Texas – Over 100 alumni returned to Fort Worth, Friday and Saturday, for the TCU men’s basketball reunion.
A record 101 former men’s basketball players spanning over six decades participated in the third reunion, which is becoming a growing event since Jamie Dixon became head coach over a year ago. The weekend’s events started with a reception and dinner at Fred’s Texas Cafe on Friday and included a late morning outing at Top Golf on Saturday.
“It was a great turnout,” said Dixon, a 1987 TCU graduate. “It’s getting bigger each year and I’m looking forward to next year’s already. It was great to get everyone back here.”
Among the attendees and participants in the alumni game, held Saturday afternoon at Schollmaier Arena, were the top three scorers in program history, Darrell Browder (1,886), Corey Santee (1,832) and Carven Holcombe (1,734).
Browder has noticed a big difference in TCU from when he played from 1980-83.
“The gym is beautiful,” Browder said of Schollmaier Arena, a $72 million dollar renovation project that was completed during the 2015-16 season. “They have a really nice floor. It’s just a great place to come and watch basketball.”
“It’s always good to see Darrell Browder,” said 1986 alumnus Dennis Nutt. “He was two years ahead of me. He was one of my role models, a guy I wanted to be like. He was such a great inspiration to us.”
Nutt was one of 40 that participated in the alumni game that featured players as experienced as two-time All-Southwest Conference member Simpson Degrate (’72) and as recent as NIT champion Michael Williams (’17). Each team also had two honorary coaches, which included Malcolm Louden (’67), Ed Schollmaier, Ricky Stuart (’96) and TCU hall of famer Kurt Thomas (’95).
“Whenever I’m able to come back to Fort Worth and set foot on this campus, I definitely get excited, I get those goosebumps,” said Thomas, a first round selection in the 1995 NBA Draft. “It’s great to come back home.”
Thomas, who was at Madison Square Garden when the Horned Frogs cut down the nets as NIT champions last season, was one of the many alums who shared excitement for the upcoming season.
“He’s done an amazing job,” said Thomas. “He’s completely turned the program around in one season.”
“The excitement has improved,” said Dixon, whose team returns its top six scorers. “There’s talk and enthusiasm around campus around the alumni. It’s good to see. They are all looking forward to this year.”
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