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TCU Men's Basketball
TCU Signs Three to 2012-13 NLIs

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU men's basketball head coach Jim Christian has announced that the program has signed three players to early National Letters of Intent to play for the Horned Frogs in 2012-13. Junior college standout Reggie Murphy and prep stars Charles Hill and Clyde Smith III will each join the team as it enters the Big 12 Conference next season.

The class consists of one big-bodied forward in Murphy (6-9, 265) and two athletic combo guard prospects in Hill (6-2, 180) and Smith (6-2, 185). Both prep players are Texas natives, while Murphy hails from Los Angeles.

"We are excited to add these three players to our program," Christian said. "Each is an athletic player with tremendous upside, but most important is the fact that each possesses solid character that will fit well within the culture of our program. I think my staff was able to accomplish exactly what we wanted in signing this class."

Charles Hill
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G | 6-2 | 180 | Fort Worth, Texas | Trimble Tech High School

An extremely athletic combo guard prospect, Hill will be able to play multiple positions for TCU upon his arrival. He will be one of four Fort Worth natives on next year's squad and the second product of Trimble Tech High School, joining current Frog Adrick McKinney.

The No. 27 overall player in the state of Texas for the class of 2012 according to Rivals.com, Hill averaged 14.3 points and 2.8 steals per game as a junior in 2011, and recorded a team-high 18 dunks. He was named second-team all-area by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and was a first-team all-district 4A-6 selection.

"Charles is a tough player, a very athletic player," Christian said. "Not only is he talented, but he also is very coachable. I believe he is going to be an exciting addition and will have a great four-year career at TCU. When you think about Big 12 guards, you think of strong, athletic guards. Once Charles gets settled in and finds his niche at TCU, he will be one of those types of players, one who is strong both offensively and defensively."

Hill cited the opportunity to attend school close to home, the draw of playing in the Big 12 and his relationship with the TCU coaching staff behind his selection of TCU.

"I didn't want to go far away," Hill said. "I wanted my family to be able to come and see me play, and it's a lot closer to home then most schools are. As soon as they announced they were moving to the Big 12, that caught my eye.

"Coach Christian, he's a very cool guy, and coach (Reggie) Brown has been recruiting me for a while. He's cool and I have had a relationship with him even before he moved to TCU."

Hill, who is coached at Trimble Tech by Wendell Ivory, plays AAU ball for the Texas Assault. He also received interest from a group of schools that included Boston College, DePaul, Penn State, Providence and San Diego State and St. John's.

"Charles is a high flyer, he's highly athletic--one of the best athletes in the state of Texas," Ivory said of Hill. "He's also a hard worker and highly competitive.

"One of the great things about Charles' game is that he's a lock-down defender because of his athleticism. A lot of kids on (the high school) level don't work as hard on the defensive end because they really don't have to, but he takes pride in shutting people down."

CHARLES HILL HIGHLIGHTS (YOUTUBE)

Reggie Murphy
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F | 6-9 | 265 | Los Angeles, Calif. | Antelope Valley CC

A big-bodied forward prospect who possesses a rare mix of size and athleticism, Murphy will be an important addition in the post for the Frogs as they enter the Big 12 Conference in 2012-13. He is playing this season for Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, Calif., following one season at Casper College in Casper, Wyo.

"Reggie will bring a unique presence to the paint at TCU," Christian said. "He is a tremendously skilled player who can score a variety of ways. In the paint, he has a nice, soft touch. He is very athletic for a guy his size. He has the ability to finish above the rim and rebound the ball. He also is a great free-throw shooter and sees the floor well. We believe Reggie's potential is at the highest of levels for a big man."

Murphy, who averaged 5.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in 14 games as a freshman for Casper College, is off to a fast start this season for Antelope Valley. He recently was named all-tournament at the We Play Hard Tip-Off Tournament at Ventura College, as he dominated the paint with 22 points and 17 rebounds in the event's semifinal contest.

"Reggie is such a unique player, he is probably the best passer for a big man I have ever seen," said John Taylor, Murphy's coach at Antelope Valley. "When he's playing against a smaller team, or even someone a little bit shorter than him, he has a nice touch and feel for the game. The ceiling for him is so high, and I just like the way that he is starting to come around. We are really happy with his progress so far."

Murphy was a highly touted recruit in high school for Los Angeles' Westchester High School, which won a pair of city and state championships during his prep career. The Comets were ranked as high as No. 6 nationally in 2010, when the squad won the California D-1 state championship. Murphy originally signed with Washington State before landing at Casper College, and also received interest from Arizona, Marquette and Oklahoma.

"I decided to pick TCU because it is a place where I feel I can grow as a person and as an individual both on and off the court," Murphy said. "Also, with the move to the Big 12, I felt that is something that will help me to improve my game. I want to help the team win.

"It's a great coaching staff over at TCU. I have good relationships with each of the coaches. That staff is going to push me, I'll be a better player and hopefully it'll help me get to the next level."

REGGIE MURPHY HIGH SCHOOL INTERVIEW & HIGHLIGHTS (YOUTUBE)

Clyde Smith III
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G | 6-2 | 185 | Houston, Texas | The Hotchkiss School (Conn.)

A native of Houston, Smith will arrive at TCU from Lakeville, Conn., where he attends prep school at The Hotchkiss School. Like Hill, Smith is a versatile prospect who will be a fit at multiple positions, as he currently plays both shooting guard and point guard.

"Clyde is a level-headed, high-IQ basketball player, just a great addition to our program," Christian said. "He is an outstanding player with the ball. He makes jump shots and is able to see everything on the floor. Clyde is the type of player where you know what he's going to bring to the table, every single day both on the practice court and in games. He is the type of guy who just helps you win games."

A three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, Smith is ranked as the nation's No. 50 point guard prospect by ESPN and the No. 27 overall player in the state of Texas. New England Recruiting Report rates him as the No. 3 prospect overall in the state of Connecticut and No. 12 in all of New England. He is coached at The Hotchkiss School by Fred Benjamin.

"I'm extremely happy for him and his family, being able to come back to his home state and play in the Big 12 while going to a school with the academic reputation like TCU," Benjamin said. "I could not be more happy for him or his family.

"His biggest strength is his character and his coachability. He is a very likable kid and a very coachable kid. In some ways, his game has a little sophistication to it. It is not like the game of a normal high school kid. He has been the No. 1 player in the state here at times, and he has been an excellent high school player, but I actually think that he will thrive more in college where he can get in a complex system. He has superior basketball [acumen]," Benjamin finished.

Prior to joining Hotchkiss, Smith played his freshman year at Houston-area Cypress Creek High School. He also plays AAU ball for the New Heights club team in New York City in addition to his prep competition. Smith was a highly-regarded prospect who also received interest from Boston, Boston College, Iowa, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Stanford, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Western Kentucky.

CLYDE SMITH INTERVIEW (YOUTUBE)


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