Frogs Add Four In Early Signing Period

Nov. 8, 2017

Fort Worth, Texas – The TCU women’s basketball program announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA’s early signing period.

Alex Crain (McKinney, Texas), Yo’Myris Morris (North Little Rock, Ark.), Becky Obinma (Menifee, Calif.) and Ryann Payne (Valencia, Calif.) will all join the Frogs as true freshmen in 2018-19.

“This is a group of young women that all chose TCU for the right reasons,” head coach Raegan Pebley said. “They all possess a growth mindset, are eager to develop and compete, and understand what it means to be a part of a great institution and community like TCU. As people they all have impressive character.”

“A few things each member of this recruiting class has in common is that they have all been coached by great teachers. From their high school coaches, club coaches and skill trainers, they’ve chosen to surround themselves with people who test their limits, believe in skill development and require members of their programs to be great teammates. Another thing they have in common is their athleticism. It was important to us that we not only added length and size, but speed as well."

Alex Crain (5’9” – G – McKinney, Texas – Dallas Thunder)
Crain, a 5-foot-9 guard, comes to TCU from McKinney, Texas, where she is a part of the Dallas Thunder, a basketball organization for home-schooled students. She is a two-time NCHC All-American.

Last season, Crain was named the National Offensive Player of the Year for all juniors and was also an all-state and all-region selection. She averaged 15 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals per game.

Raegan Pebley on Alex Crain:
“Cerebral, tough and consistent. Alex brings these three elements to everything she does on and off the court. She is dedicated to, and invested in, doing everything she can to grow into her best. We share with her the high expectations and standards she sets for her herself and her future. ”

Alex Crain on TCU:
“I chose TCU because I wanted to be in an environment that would challenge me mentally and physically, and nurture me spiritually. I wanted to represent a university with a program that is dedicated to getting better daily and teaching its players the right principles to succeed on and off the court.”

Yo’Myris Morris (6’2” – F – North Little Rock, Ark. – North Little Rock HS)
Morris, a 6-foot-2 forward, comes to TCU from North Little Rock, Ark., and North Little Rock High School. She is rated a 4-star forward and the No. 88 overall player in the nation according to ESPNW Hoopgurlz. She is the No. 2-ranked overall player in Arkansas and the No. 15-ranked forward in the nation.

Morris was a member of the USA Today All-Arkansas team last season when she averaged 14.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game as a junior. She has led North Little Rock to the Arkansas Class 7A title game in each of the last two seasons, including winning a state championship as a sophomore.

Raegan Pebley on Yo’Myris Morris:
“Every once in a while you meet someone you can tell has a conviction for achieving their dreams that is unbreakable. ’Yummy’ is one of them. She hasn’t relied solely on her athletic ability and size. She has worked hard to develop them as well. Her future is bright and we are thrilled to have her join our FrogFam.”

Yo’Myris Morris on TCU:
“I was raised on three major priorities in life. One, my faith and the love that Christ has shown me. Two, the importance of my family and the support they have shown me throughout my life. Three, receiving the best education anyone can get. These priorities are what I find in TCU. I chose TCU because of the people. The coaches, staff, and my future teammates showed me what it was like to be in a place that made you feel comfortable and supported. I know that my education will give me opportunities beyond the playing floor that will affect my next 50 years of life. TCU is a place where I can grow both on and off the floor. It's a place where I can leave a legacy of success. I chose TCU because it was the best fit for me mentally, spiritually and physically.”

Becky Obinma (6’3” – C – Menifee, Calif. – Rosary Academy)
Obinma, a 6-foot-3 center, comes to TCU from Menifee, Calif., and Rosary Academy where she is a two-sport star. On the basketball court, she is the No. 18-ranked post player in the nation and a CIF Division III State Champion.

Last season as a junior, Obinma was named the CIF 2AA Player of the Year and was one of the inaugural recipients of the CIF Division II John Wooden Award. She was also named to the Orange County Register All-County team and the MaxPreps Division II All-State team after averaging 10.6 points per game.

On the track, Obinma is a Trinity League Champion in the 100-meters and 200-meters, posting career-best times of 11.95 seconds and 24.92 seconds, respectively.

Raegan Pebley on Becky Obinma:
“Becky is one of those special athletes that can leave a person watching her speechless. She is beginning to understand just how unique she is and the potential she possess. We can’t wait to start working with her and her development. Fans are going to love Becky!”

Becky Obinma on TCU:
“TCU is the perfect fit for me because it will support me in all facets of all my college experience. I love that TCU plays at the highest level of competition, and will help me reach my goals both in the classroom and on the court.”

Ryann Payne (5’6” – G – Valencia, Calif. – Sierra Canyon HS)
Payne, a 5-foot-6 guard, comes to TCU from Valencia, Calif., and Sierra Canyon High School. She is rated a 4-star guard by Prospects Nation and the No. 11-ranked overall player in California. She is also the No. 30-ranked guard in the nation.

As a junior last season, Payne averaged 15.1 points, 4.1 assists and 2.7 steals per game. She was named to the Los Angeles Daily News All-Area Team after leading Sierra Canyon to the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs and making the CIF State Regional Division I semifinals.

Raegan Pebley on Ryann Payne:
“Ryann has great leadership skills and a contagious charisma to how she competes. Her athleticism, combined with her eagerness to serve her teammates, is something that we value. Ryann has the ability to make others around her better and raise their level."

Ryann Payne on TCU:
“The decision to attend TCU was easy. My family and I are extremely thankful and blessed that I will pursue my future endeavors at such an esteemed university. I was fascinated by TCU’s strong academics, support, rich tradition, family atmosphere and amazing facilities. I’m also ecstatic to compete at the highest level while continuing to develop under a group of great coaches and staff.”

TCU Women's Basketball 2018 Signing Class
Alex Crain (5’9” – G – McKinney, Texas – Dallas Thunder)
Yo’Myris Morris (6’2” – F – North Little Rock, Ark. – North Little Rock HS)
Becky Obinma (6’3” – C – Menifee, Calif. – Rosary Academy)
Ryann Payne (5’6” – G – Valencia, Calif. – Sierra Canyon HS)



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