Frogs Garner Attention at Big 12 Media Day

Oct. 24, 2017

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – TCU head coach Jamie Dixon and seniors Vladimir Brodziansky, Ahmed Hamdy and Kenrich Williams took part in Big 12 Media Day at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

The Frog foursome spent Tuesday morning and early afternoon doing several interviews including CBS and ESPN and answering questions from large media contingent.

Two weeks after his team was picked to finish third in the Big 12, the highest in six seasons in the league, Dixon answered a question no TCU coach has ever had to answer. What were his thoughts on being picked higher in a preseason poll than the TCU football team, which was picked fifth in July.

“There have been a few jokes thrown around about that throughout the summer,” Dixon said. “Gary (Patterson) was giving me a hard time, but I guess he’s getting the last laugh right now. They’re fourth in the country and we’re proud of what they’re doing.”

For the first time in the Big 12 Conference, TCU was hyped up as a team to watch out for.

“It doesn’t mean anything,” said Dixon, whose team returns all five starts from last season’s NIT championship team. “We’ve got a lot of work to do and we’ve still got a lot to prove that we have to do for us and for our fans and throughout this league. So, it’s nice, but it doesn’t mean a thing to us.”

There was no confusion on TCU’s goals for the season, win the conference and play in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998. Most of the media seemed surprised at the success the Dixon-led Frogs have experienced.

“I know from the outside looking in, you never think you’re going to go tenth to first, but that was our belief,” said Dixon. “That was our goal last year. We thought we could. Some would say it’s unrealistic, but it can’t happen unless you believe in it.”

Earning the Coaches’ Respect
Not only has the media taken notice of the Horned Frogs, but so has the league’s coaches. Below is some of the praise the coaches had for Dixon and TCU.

Kansas Head Coach Bill Self
“It certainly appears to everybody in our league that Jamie and his staff have maximized their brief time there, to put together a product that certainly their team has a chance to win our league this year. They’re good. They were really good last year and how they finished winning the NIT obviously gives them unbelievable momentum going forward and you return all five starts and you recruit guys that re probably good enough to start.”

“I think they’re here to stay. I don’t think TCU basketball is going to take a step backwards. We all take steps sideways sometimes based on personnel, but TCU is going to be a force in our league for as long as he’s there.”

Texas Head Coach Shaka Smart
“I think he did a really nice job getting that team to reflect the way that he believes the game of basketball should be played with the level of toughness and a team orientation. They showed that almost from day one. The players did a great job buying in.”

Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew
“Everyone knew coming in that they returned a lot of good players, and Coach Dixon has a great reputation, does an outstanding job in getting teams to play as a team and to their full capability.”

Texas Tech Head Coach Chris Beard
“He's one of the most respected guys in our industry. I wasn't surprised at all at TCU's season last year. They’ve got good players and a great coach. I think the attention they're receiving this year, being ranked high in the poll and things like that is deserving. But there is no one I have more respect for than Jamie.”

Jaylen Fisher
Dixon updated the status of sophomore guard Jaylen Fisher, who suffered a torn meniscus on Aug. 4.

“He’s been doing 5-0 shooting skill work and he’s on the verge of doing 5-on-5. Watching him do skill work and watching him run through our 5-on-0, someone would say why didn’t he practice when you see him on the floor. He Looks fine. He goes extremely hard, always has, always does.”

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Video of Coach Dixon's press conference at Big 12 Media Day




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