TCU Begins Quest Monday Afternoon
Oct. 7, 2013
TCU Men's Basketball - First Day
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU men's basketball program began preparations for the 2013-14 season Monday afternoon with its first official practice inside Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The Horned Frogs head into their second year in the Big 12 conference looking to build off conference victories over Kansas and Oklahoma a year ago. A revamped, but talented Horned Frogs squad could make some real noise during the 2013-14 season.
Key returnees include junior starter Kyan Anderson, the team's top scorer from a year ago, and Amric Fields who missed nearly the entire 2012-13 campaign after suffering an injury during the third game of last season.
Anderson returns following a season in which he emerged as the Horned Frogs offensive leader while starting each game at the point in his second year on campus. The junior, who averaged 12.0 points a contest in 2012-13, topped TCU and ranked among the Big 12's individual leaders in scoring (No. 15), assists (No. 8), steals (No. 6), 3-pointers (No. 9), 3-point percentage (No. 10), assist/turnover ratio (No. 10) and minutes played (No. 3). Anderson should push for all-conference accolades this season after being named to the Bob Cousy Award Watch List a year ago, which is given annually to the nation's top point guard.
Fields led TCU in scoring during its season opener in 2012, totaling 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting versus Cal Poly, before falling to injury a few games later. The 2011-12 Mountain West Sixth Man of the Year could play a major role for the Frogs this season as he possess the skill set and physical ability to cause nightmares for opponents on both ends of the court. Fields, a 6-foot-9 forward, led TCU in blocked shots and field-goal percentage, while ranking third in scoring during his sophomore season on campus.
Also back are senior guards Jarvis Ray and Thomas Montigel and sophomore guards Kemal Dincer, Christian Gore, Charles Hill Jr. and Clyde Smith III. Ray emerged as a starter at guard for TCU as a junior before suffering a season-ending injury prior to the start of the Big 12 schedule. He appeared in 10 of the opening 11 games with nine starts prior to seeing his season end. Ray scored 10 or more points three times after entering the season with just one double-figure game. Hill Jr. and Smith III saw significant action for the Purple and White a year ago and could play even larger roles for the Frogs this winter.
TCU's 2013 newcomers, who were recently rated as the nation's No. 34 class by ESPN.com, the highest ranking for the program on record, features the likes of Karviar Shepherd, a Dallas native, who was one of the nation's top recruits for 2013. Shepherd, who was a four star recruit and rated as the No. 3 center in the nation by Rivals.com, is joined by fellow freshmen Michael Williams, Brandon Parrish and Hudson Price.
The four newcomers along with their teammates got a head start on the 2013-14 season this summer as the program embarked on a Canadian Summer Tour in August, which featured four games in four days against some of the top Canadian programs. The Purple and White went 2-2 overall during the four-game swing, which allowed the Frogs the chance to play together for the first time in 2013. It wasn't without its setbacks though as junior forward Devonta Abron, who was fourth in scoring and second in rebounding a year ago, suffered a season-ending injury and will not be able to play this upcoming season.
With the loss of Abron, TCU will rely even more heavily on its younger players to play major roles and learn quickly. The Frogs will open their 2013-14 campaign at the American Airlines Center in Dallas against crosstown foe SMU. Start time is set for 6:30 p.m. CT and will be the second of three games played in the Tip-Off Showcase. TCU will open Big 12 play Saturday, Oct. 4 against West Virginia at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The contest, which will be shown on the Big 12 Network, is slated for a 3:00 p.m. CT start in Fort Worth.
The Horned Frogs opened practice Monday, Oct. 7 and will have almost a month to gel before taking to the hardwood against Arkansas-Fort Smith in an exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 1.
To renew and purchase season tickets, fans can call 877-TCU-FROG (462-6647) or visit the TCU Ticket Office located in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.