2011-12 Men's Basketball Signing Class Announcement

TCU Men's Basketball Signing Class
 
FROGS ADD BIG MAN WINSLO BARRY FOR 2011-12
July 22, 2011

FORT WORTH--TCU added a sixth member to its 2011 men's basketball recruiting class this week with the signing of Winslo Barry, a 6-11, 238-pound center who hails from The Bahamas.

Barry arrives at TCU from one of the nation's top prep programs in Houston's Christian Life Center Academy, where he played for four seasons under the tutelage of head coach Carlos Wilson. The Cougars finished the 2010 campaign as the top-ranked prep team in the nation by the National Post Graduate Athletic Association (NPGAA) after posting a 44-6 record. Barry posted single-game averages this past season of 11 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots per game for CLCA in 2011.

In addition to his time with CLCA, Barry also played for the Houston-area AAU team Franchize All-Stars.

ESPN.com rated Barry as the No. 98 center nationally in 2010, while he earned a rating of 78 out of 100 possible points from the recruiting service this past season. Among his attributes highlighted by ESPN.com was a tremendous wingspan measuring 7-3.

A native of Harbour Island in the Bahamas, Barry becomes the second Bahamian added to the TCU program in the past two seasons. Guard J.R. Cadot, who hails from Nassau, is entering his senior season with the Frogs.

Barry became the sixth member of TCU's 2011 recruiting class joining guards Kyan Anderson (Fort Worth, Texas; North Crowley HS) and Nathaniel Butler (Dorado, Puerto Rico; John A. Logan College) and forward Connell Crossland (St. Louis, Mo.; John A. Logan College), Adrick McKinney (Fort Worth, Texas; Trimble Tech HS; Angelina College) and Ryan Rhoomes (Middleton, N.Y.; NIA Prep).

NORTH CROWLEY'S ANDERSON TO PLAY FOR TCU
May 2, 2011

FORT WORTH--Local prep standout Kyan Anderson will play for the TCU men's basketball team beginning next season, Horned Frog head coach Jim Christian announced Monday.

Anderson, a 5-11, 175-point point guard from Fort Worth's North Crowley High School, becomes the fifth player to agree to join the Frogs for next spring along with guard Nathaniel Butler and forwards Connell Crossland, Adrick McKinney and Ryan Rhoomes.

"Kyan is a good, young point guard who has solid court vision and the ability to score the basketball at a high level," Christian said. "He's a leader who makes great decisions and has the ability to do many things very well, but his most important characteristic is that he has great character and is a winner. He comes from a great family and has played for a highly successful program in North Crowley under head coach Tommy Brakel. We're excited that he chose to stay close to home to play for TCU."

Anderson recently completed a career as a top player in the DFW Metroplex for one of the state's power programs in North Crowley High School, which recorded a 135-18 overall record during the last four years. He was a four-star prospect according to MaxPreps and a three-star recruit according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com. ESPN.com ranked Anderson as the nation's No. 29 point guard in the preseason, while Rivals.com tabbed him as No. 3 at his position among all Texas prep players and the state's No. 18 senior overall.

This past season, Anderson averaged 14.1 points and 6.0 assists per while leading North Crowley to a 31-6 overall record and the Texas 4-5A regional semifinals. He led all Texas Class 5A players in assists and ranked No. 8 in scoring average despite missing time due to injury.

Anderson arrived on the national recruiting scene as a junior in 2010, when he earned first-team all-state honors and was named Most Valuable Player for district 3-5A. He averaged 21.1 points and 6.2 assists per game while leading the Panthers to a 33-6 overall record and appearance in the regional final. Anderson's season performance earned him area player of the year honors from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and all-area mention by the Dallas Morning News. He was also named an honorable mention All-American by MaxPreps.

The top individual performance of Anderson's career came during his junior season against Abilene High School, when he set a school record with 48 points. The total topped the previous record set by former teammate and current Los Angeles Clipper Willie Warren in 2008.

Anderson jumped into the fold early for North Crowley as a freshman, when he saw extensive action for a Panther squad that posted a 38-1 overall record and won the Texas 5A state championship. He averaged 3.8 points and 1.9 assists per contest for that team before posting figures of 9.4 points, 5.5 assists and 3.3 steals the following season as a sophomore.

In addition to playing for the Panthers, Anderson also has played AAU ball for the Dallas Heroes. He chose TCU over a group of schools including Providence, USC, Wake Forest, Virginia, Texas Tech, Houston and SMU.

The college basketball spring signing period continues until May 18.

TCU ADDS BUTLER, CROSSLAND
April 29, 2011

FORT WORTH--The TCU men's basketball team added a pair of junior college teammates to its 2011-12 signing class this week, as guard Nathaniel Butler and forward Connell Crossland have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Horned Frogs next season.

The additions bring the current total of signees to four following last week's announcements of Adrick McKinney and Ryan Roomes to the fold. The spring signing period runs through May 18.

Butler (G; 6-6; 200; Dorado, Puerto Rico) and Crossland (F; 6-7; 190; St. Louis, Mo.) spent the past season playing together for John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill. The two players will be eligible to compete for the Frogs beginning next fall.

Butler, who played two years for John A. Logan, earned first-team All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference honors as a sophomore in 2010-11 while averaging 13.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.2 blocked shots per game. Also an All-Region 24 selection, he led the Volunteers in assists and steals, ranked second in scoring and shot 52.5 percent from the field overall. He was ranked as the nation's No. 107 junior college prospect by JucoJunction.com.

In his first season with the Volunteers in 2009-10, the 6-6 lefthander posted single-game averages of 4.4 points, 4.4 boards, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals for a squad that posted a 24-7 overall record and won the GRAC championship.

Prior to his time at John A. Logan, Butler spent one season playing at Mississippi Elite Christian Academy in Jackson, Ill, where he was a third-team All-Mississippi selection in 2009. He arrived in Mississippi from his native Puerto Rico, where he was a member of the team that competed in the 2007 FIBA Under-19 World Championships. He played basketball in Puerto Rico for the club team Toa Baha.

"Nate is a strong, athletic guard who is capable of making shots from a distance and creating plays off the dribble," Christian said. "He's also an exciting player to watch in transition. He will be one of the bigger guards in our league who can also play small forward. When he gets down in stance and uses his length and athleticism, he should be one of the best on-ball defenders in the league. In terms of personality, he's very charismatic and is always positive and having fun when out on the court."

Joining Butler at TCU will be John A. Logan teammate Crossland, who spent one season with the Volunteers following a year at Highland Community College in Freeport, Ill. Ranked as the nation's No. 123 junior college prospect by JucoJunction.com, Crossland led John A. Logan in 2010-11 with averages of 17.0 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots per game while shooting 58 percent from the field. His rebounding average ranked No. 4 nationally among all Division I junior college players. Like Butler, he was named to both the All-Region 24 and All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference first teams.

Prior to his season with the Volunteers, Crossland spent the previous campaign with Highland Community College in Freeport, Ill., where he averaged 11.4 points, 6.9 boards and 1.1 blocks per contest. He attended high school at St. Louis-area Hazelwood Central, where he helped lead the Hawks to the 2009 Suburban North Conference championship as a senior while averaging 14.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 steals per game. Crossland played AAU ball as a prep for the St. Louis Majestics.

"Connell is a solid fit for our program who possesses good character," Christian said. "He is a long, multi-dimensional athlete who can play both the small and power forward positions for us. His greatest assets are his ability to rebound at a very high level and the resiliency to get the job done in the paint for a full 40 minutes. Offensively, he can step out and shoot the three while also taking defenders off the dribble. He's also a great player in transition."

FROGS SIGN MCKINNEY, RHOOMES
April 20, 2011

FORT WORTH -- The TCU men's basketball team has received National Letters of Intent from two players who plan to join the program for the 2011-12 season, head coach Jim Christian announced Wednesday. The spring signing period continues through May 18.

Forwards Adrick McKinney (6-8, 250, Fort Worth, Texas/Angelina College) and Ryan Rhoomes (F, 6-9, 240, Middleton, N.Y./NIA Prep) become the first of several new faces who are expected to sign on with the Horned Frogs for 2011-12.

McKinney, a Fort Worth product who spent his prep days at Trimble Tech High School, became the first player to sign on with the Frogs after playing the last two seasons at Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas.

Ranked as the nation's No. 45 junior college prospect by JucoJunction.com, McKinney averaged 15.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in 2010-11, leading Angelina in both categories. He was named second-team All-Region XIV and second-team all-conference as a sophomore after earning all-conference honorable-mention honors in his first season with the Roadrunners. He posted single-game averages of 8.9 points and 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals as a freshman.

A McDonald's All-America nominee while playing for Trimble Tech, McKinney was ranked as a top-25 Texas prospect as a high school senior and was a two-time all-district selection.

"Adrick is a prospect we have been very familiar with dating back to his high school days," Christian said. "We've watched him grow from a high school player into a big-time college prospect at Angelina. He is a tough, physical presence down low and will be a big help to us right away in our rebounding efforts. More importantly, he is the right type of person who really wanted to be at TCU and be a part of our program."

Joining McKinney down low for the Frogs will be Rhoomes, a highly recruited big man who played one season of prep ball at NIA Prep in Newark, N.J. Rhoomes averaged 10.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 0.9 blocked shots per game in his only season with the elite prep team this past spring, leading the Eagles in rebounding. NIA Prep posted a 26-7 overall record and earn a high national ranking of No. 6 during the season.

Prior to his time with the Eagles, Rhoomes put together a standout career at Queens-area Cardoza High School to become one of the most highly-pursued recruits in the New York metro area as a senior. He helped lead the Judges to the PSAL Class AA title game each of his final two years, including a championship season as a junior in 2008-09. In addition to playing at Cardoza, Rhoomes also was a member of the New York Panthers AAU team. He earned MVP honors at the iS8 Nike Spring Classic following his senior season and was selected to compete in the Reebok All-American Camp following his junior season.

"Ryan is a skilled, tough player who is just beginning to realize his potential," Christian said. "He is a great young man, another guy who really wanted to be a big part of us building this program. Since he is from New York, our move to the Big East Conference really helped to create an attractive opportunity for Ryan. I think his potential, both on and off the floor, is going to be something special for TCU."



Adrick McKinney
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F | 6-8 | 250 | Fort Worth, Texas | Trimble Tech HS | Angelina College
Ranked as the nation's No. 45 junior college prospect by JucoJunction.com ... averaged 15.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in 2010-11, leading Angelina in both categories ... named second-team All-Region XIV and second-team all-conference as a sophomore ... earned all-conference honorable mention honors in his first season at Angelina, posting single-game averages of 8.9 points and 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals ... a McDonald's All-American nominee as a prep at Fort Worth's Trimble Tech HS ... ranked as a top-25 Texas prospect as a senior ... a two-time all-district selection ... also drew interest from a group of schools that included Ole Miss and Nevada.

Adrick McKinney on his decision to sign with TCU:
"I chose TCU because I think it's a good fit for both the program and myself. What they need right now are guys who can rebound and score, and that's what I do best. Also, with the team moving to the Big East, it was just a win-win situation.

"It's great to be able to come back home to play. I went there on my visit and didn't need to take any others, because I knew right away that's where I wanted to go. I have a great relationship with coach Christian and (the coaching staff), so it was a good fit."

Angelina College Head Coach Todd Neighbors on McKinney:
"Adrick is definitely a tough low block presence with his size and strength. He has the ability to score in bunches around the basket. The other thing he brings is his rebounding ability--I think he finished the year with 10 straight double-doubles and had several games with 15 or more. His defensive intensity and mental toughness will help coach Christian's program tremendously."

MCKINNEY IN THE NEWS:
- AC's McKinney Signs with TCU (Lufkin Daily News; April 17, 2011)

 

Ryan Rhoomes
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F | 6-9 | 240 | Middleton, N.Y. | NIA Prep
Arrived at TCU after playing one season of prep ball for NIA Prep in Newark, N.J. ... averaged 10.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 0.9 blocked shots per game while helping lead the Eagles to a 26-7 overall record ... led the squad in rebounding ... previously played at Cardozo HS in Queens ... helped the Judges to the Queens AA crown in 2008-09 with an 18-1 overall record ... played AAU ball for the New York Panthers ... earned MVP honors at the iS8 Nike Spring Classic following his senior season ... was selected to compete in the Reebok All-American Camp following prior to his junior season ... also drew interest from Seaton Hall, Providence and Oklahoma State.

Rhoomes on his decision to sign with TCU:
"I picked TCU because I saw an opportunity to come in, play early and help the program. I also wanted to play in the Big East, and I thought it would be good to play in the Mountain West for one season as a freshman, get with the program and go from there.

"It was a nice campus, not too big and not too small. People were friendly and seemed like they would do whatever they could if you ever needed help. The coaching staff was also really cool, probably one of the nicest staffs I have ever had recruiting me. They were all welcoming and excited to get me to join in."


NIA Prep Head Coach Rudy King on Rhoomes:

"Ryan had a few different opportunities. I thought that coach (Jim) Christian made a major impact on Ryan's recruitment when he came up to see him. I think for Ryan, it was all about Jim's presence, and that made a big difference."

"Ryan is going to be force to be reckoned with as TCU moves into playing in the Big East. He is a true big man who can play both ends of the floor. This season, he really was forced to defend at a higher level than he ever had to previously in his career because of the type of talent we had on this team. Unlike a lot of freshmen coming in, he's already been tested at a high level. With the workout regimen that he is going to be taking on and the fact that he's excited to be playing at TCU, I think he will be very successful. He has a lot of upside." 

 
RHOOMES IN THE NEWS:

- Ryan Rhoomes Announces Commitment (SNY.TV; April 15, 2011)

- Ryan Rhoomes' Long Journey Lands Him in Lone Star State (N.Y. Post; April 15, 2011)

- Former Player at Middleton to Play Basketball for TCU (Middleton Times Herald-Record; April 16, 2011)


- Ryan Rhoomes Talks TCU Commitment
(SportDFW.com; April 21, 2011)

 

Nathaniel Butler
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G | 6-6 | 200 | Dorado, Puerto Rico | M.E.C.A. | John A. Logan College
Ranked as the nation's No. 107 junior college prospect by JucoJunction.com ... averaged 13.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.2 blocked shots per game as a sophomore at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill. ... led the Volunteers in assists and steals while ranking second in scoring ... shot 52.5 percent from the field overall ... named to both the All-Region 24 and All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference first teams ... helped John A. Logan reach the semifinals of the 2011 Region 24 Tournament ... averaged 4.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals as a freshman for a Volunteer squad that posted a 24-7 overall record and won the GRAC title ... arrived at John A. Logan from Mississippi Elite Christian Academy for in Jackson, Miss. ... was a member of the Puerto Rico squad that competed at the 2007 FIBA Under-19 World Championships ... played club basketball in Puerto Rico for Toa Baja ... also drew interest from a group of schools that included USC.

Butler on his decision to sign with TCU: 
"I loved campus. It was beautiful. I also liked the weather and people in Fort Worth. All of the visits I made were good, but when I went to TCU I got the feeling that I could see myself there. The opportunity to play in the Big East was also big, because I want to take on that challenge."

Butler on the opportunity to play with John A. Logan teammate Connell Crossland: 
"That's a plus to be able to keep playing with Connell. He's a nice player, a good rebounder. He's still young and has a lot of room to grow."


BUTLER IN THE NEWS:

- Butler Commitment Adds to TCU's Size and Athleticism (SportDFW.com; April 20, 2011)

 

Connell Crossland
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F | 6-7 | 190 | St. Louis, Mo. | Hazelwood Central HS | John A. Logan College
Ranked as the nation's No. 123 junior college prospect by JucoJunction.com ... led the Volunteers in 2010-11 with averages of 17.0 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots per game while shooting 58 percent from the field ... ranked No. 4 nationally among Division I junior college players ... named to both the All-Region 24 and All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference first teams ... helped John A. Logan reach the semifinals of the 2011 Region 24 Tournament ... spent the previous season at Highland Community College in Freeport, Ill., averaging 11.4 points, 6.9 boards and 1.1 blocks per contest ... attended high school at St. Louis-area Hazelwood Central, where he helped the Hawks win the 2009 Suburban North Conference championship as a senior while averaging 14.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 steals per game ... played AAU ball for the St. Louis Majestics ... also drew interest from a group of schools that included Missouri, San Diego State, Gonzaga, Detroit and Saint Louis.

Crossland on his decision to sign with TCU: 
"I really liked the school and Fort Worth on my visit. It's a good school, and it felt like home. Coach Christian had been recruiting me for a while, and I felt he was really serious about getting me to come there. I have a chance to play with some good players at TCU, and I think we can eventually do something really big there."

Crossland on the opportunity to play with John A. Logan teammate Nathaniel Butler: 
"It's going to help me a lot (having Butler at TCU). We are like brothers and push each other to be the best players we can be. We both work hard, and I think we can both be a big help to TCU."

 
CROSSLAND IN THE NEWS:

- Crossland is Good Find for TCU (SportDFW.com; April 12, 2011)

- Hazelwood Central Grad Crossland Headed to TCU
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch; April 14, 2011)

 

Kyan Anderson
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G | 5-11 | 175 | Fort Worth, Texas | North Crowley HS
A four-star recruit according to MaxPreps and a three-star player according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... ranked in the preseason as the nation's No. 29 point guard by ESPN and No. 30 by Scout.com ... the No. 18 senior in the state of Texas according to Rivals.com and the No. 3 point guard ... helped lead Fort Worth's North Crowley High School to a 135-18 overall record during his four years ... averaged 14.1 points and 6.0 assists per game as a senior in 2011 while leading the Panthers to a 31-6 overall record and the Texas 4-5A regional semifinals ... led all Texas Class 5A players in assists and ranked No. 8 in scoring average despite missing time due to injury ... was named the district 3-5A Most Valuable Player as a junior in 2010 as well as first-team all-state and first-team all-region ... also named area Player of the Year by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and all-area by the Dallas Morning News ... was a MaxPreps honorable-mention All-American ... ranked 91st overall in the MaxPreps preseason Top 100 for the class of 2011 ... averaged 21.1 points and 6.2 assists per game in 2010 ... set a school record with 48 points in game against Abilene High School, which topped the previous mark set by current Los Angeles Clipper Willie Warren in 2008 ... averaged 9.4 points, 5.5 assists and 3.3 steals as a sophomore in 2009 on a Panther squad that went 33-6 and advanced to the regional semifinals ... saw significant action as a freshman in 2008 for the North Crowley team that went 38-1 while winning the Texas 5A state championship ... averaged 3.8 points and 1.9 assists per contest ... played AAU ball for the Dallas Heroes ... also drew interest from a group of schools that included Providence, USC, Wake Forest, Virginia, Texas Tech, Houston and SMU.

Anderson on his decision to sign with TCU: 
"I chose TCU because I thought it was a wonderful opportunity for me. I thought I would have a chance to come in and help the program right away, and being close to home was another factor that made it stand out. The chance to play in the Big East also interested me, and I feel that it will be a great league to help build me as a player, but I wouldn't say that all my decision was based on that."

Anderson on the type of game he will bring to TCU: 
"I feel like I can do it all (at point guard). I don't like to be put in categories like scoring point guard or passing point guard. I think I'm just an all-around player."

North Crowley HS Head Coach Tommy Brakel on Anderson: 
"I think the world of Kyan, and I think TCU got a winner. In his four years at North Crowley, Kyan was 38-1, 33-5, 33-6 and 31-6, so I think that type of success speaks for itself. TCU definitely got a good one."

ANDERSON IN THE NEWS:
- Anderson to Stay Close to Home (TexasHoops.com; May 2, 2011)

- TCU Signee Kyan Anderson Interview (SportDFW.com; May 3, 2011)

 

Winslo Barry
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C | 6-11 | 238 | Harbour Island, Bahamas | Christian Life Center Academy
The No. 98 center nationally in 2010 according to ESPN.com ... ESPN awarded him a rating of 78 out of 100 possible points in 2011 ... a strong rebounder and shot-blocker who owns a tremendous wingspan measuring 7-3 ... attended Christian Life Center Academy in Houston, where he played for one of the nation's top prep programs for four years ... posted single-game averages of 11 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots as a senior in 20111 ... helped the Cougars finish the 2010 campaign as the top-ranked prep team in the nation according to the National Post Graduate Athletic Association (NPGAA) rankings ... coached by Carlos Wilson at CLCA ... originally hails from Harbour Island, Eleuthera, in The Bahamas.

BARRY IN THE NEWS:
- Winslo Barry Signs with TCU Horned Frogs (The Tribune; July 21, 2011)


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