Talented Freshman Class Gives Optimism For TCU
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          Release: 10/30/2013
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By Wendell Barnhouse | wendell@big12sports.com
Big12Sports.com Correspondent


Story line
TCU's first basketball season in the Big 12 was challenging and difficult as the Horned Frogs finished in last place. However, TCU chalked up one of the biggest upsets of the season in college basketball when it stunned Kansas, the eventual Big 12 champs. For coach Trent Johnson, that triumph in his first season is an indication of things to come. A major reason for the Frogs' struggles last season was a roster limited by injuries. While four starters must be replaced, TCU can build around junior point guard Kyan Anderson plus a talented freshman class led by 6-10 center Karviar Shepherd.

Coach: Trent Johnson, 11-21 in one season at TCU, 237-206 in 14 seasons overall.
Last season: 11-21 overall, 2-16, 10th.
NCAA Tournament: Did not participate.

Top players
Junior guard Kyan Anderson, junior forward Amric Fields, sophomore guard Charles Hill, Jr.; freshman center Karviar Shepherd; freshman guard Hudson Price; freshman forward Brandon Parrish.

Coach Johnson says
"If we can get healthy and remain healthy, we'll be a good basketball team. It seems like last year I was up here saying if we can just find a way to be competitive to stay in games, that would be fortunate from our standpoint. … We're much improved from a skill-level standpoint. We're much improved from size and strength. … My optimism is based off the facts, and the facts are (we) should shoot the ball better and play at a faster tempo."

Notable
Amric Fields played just three games last season before suffering a knee injury. … As a sophomore in 2011-12, Fields was named the Mountain West Conference sixth man of the year. … Junior forward Davonta Abron, who started 15 games last season and averaged 7.4 points and 5.9 rebounds a game, will miss this season after suffering an Achilles tendon injury during TCU's summer tour of Canada. … TCU held its opponents to 62.6 points per game, r anking third in the Big 12. The Frogs limited 20 opponents to 65 points or less and just two foes scored more than 80 points.

Season opener
Nov. 8 vs. SMU

Top nonconference games
Nov. 24 at Washington State
Dec. 5 at Mississippi State (Big 12-SEC Challenge)
Dec. 21 Tulsa

Conference opener
Jan. 4 vs. West Virginia
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