2017–18 TCU Horned Frogs men's basketball team

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2017–18 TCU Horned Frogs men's basketball
TCU Horned Frogs logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, First Round
Conference Big 12 Conference
2017–18 record 21–12 (9–9 Big 12)
Head coach Jamie Dixon (2nd season)
Assistant coach David Patrick
Assistant coach Ryan Miller
Assistant coach Corey Barker
Home arena Schollmaier Arena
Seasons
2017–18 Big 12 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 4 Kansas 13 5   .722     31 8   .795
No. 14 Texas Tech 11 7   .611     27 10   .730
No. 15 West Virginia 11 7   .611     26 11   .703
Kansas State 10 8   .556     25 12   .676
TCU 9 9   .500     21 12   .636
Oklahoma State 8 10   .444     21 15   .583
Texas 8 10   .444     19 15   .559
Oklahoma 8 10   .444     18 14   .563
Baylor 8 10   .444     19 15   .559
Iowa State 4 14   .222     13 18   .419
2018 Big 12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017–18 TCU Horned Frogs men's basketball team represented Texas Christian University in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, led by head coach Jamie Dixon in his second season at TCU. The Horned Frogs competed as members of the Big 12 Conference and played their home games at Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. They finished the season 21–12, 9–9 in Big 12 play to finish in fifth place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament to Kansas State. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 6 seed in the Midwest region where they lost in the First Round to Syracuse.

Previous season[edit]

In 2016, the Horned Frogs introduced Jamie Dixon, a former TCU letterman, as the new head men's basketball coach.[1] In his first season after leaving Pitt for his alma mater, Dixon led the Frogs to a 24–15, 6–12 Big 12 record.[2] The Frogs' 6–12 record and eighth-place finish was their best league mark since joining the Big 12 in 2012.[3] In the postseason, TCU defeated Oklahoma[4] and No. 1 Kansas[5] in the Big 12 Tournament before losing in their first-ever Big 12 semifinal berth to Iowa State.[6] They received an invitation to the National Invitation Tournament[7] where they defeated Fresno State,[8] Iowa,[9] and Richmond[10] to advance to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden. At MSG, they defeated UCF[11] to advance to the NIT finals where they routed Georgia Tech to claim the 2017 NIT championship.[12]

Preseason[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason
Michael Williams 2 G 6'2" 190 Senior Arlington, TX Graduated
Josh Parrish 5 G 6'5" 220 Freshman Arlington, TX Transferred to Rice
Brandon Parrish 11 F 6'6" 210 Senior Arlington, TX Graduated
Karviar Shephard 32 C 6'11" 230 Senior Dallas, TX Graduated
Chris Washburn 33 F 6'8" 240 Senior Grand Prairie, TX Graduated

Recruiting[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Kevin Samuel
C
Houston, TX St. Thomas Episcopal 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Aug 16, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
R.J. Nembhard
G
Keller, TX Keller High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jul 14, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Lat Mayen
F
Newcastle, Australia Montverde Academy 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Nov 1, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPNN/A
Shawn Olden
G
Tulsa, OK Union High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Mar 17, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPNN/A
Ahmed Hamdy
F
Alexandria, Egypt 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (110 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: NR   Rivals: NR  ESPN: NR
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Exhibition games in Australia[edit]

The Frogs traveled to Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, from August 5–16, 2017, and played five exhibition games under International Basketball Federation (FIBA) rules.[13] TCU's starting sophomore guard Jaylen Fisher missed the trip due to a knee injury, and incoming freshmen Lat Mayen, an Australia native, and Kevin Samuel were unable to travel pending NCAA eligibility clearance. All three players were expected to be healthy and cleared prior to the season opener on November 10; however, the Frogs ultimately elected to redshirt Mayen and Samuel.[14] The Horned Frogs defeated the Savannah Pride 108–54,[15] Australia's Centre of Excellence 105–71,[16] the Melbourne All-Stars 96–70,[17] the Australia Longhorns 107–81,[18] and the Knox Raiders 107–63.[19]

Season projections[edit]

The Big 12 Conference coaches picked the Horned Frogs to finish third in regular season league play in the preseason coaches' poll, the highest-ever projection for the Frogs since joining the league in 2012 and being picked to finish ninth or tenth in each of their first five seasons.[20] At Big 12 Media Day in Kansas City, Kansas head coach Bill Self suggested TCU would compete with the Jayhawks for the regular season crown.[21] Senior Vladimir Brodziansky was one of five Big 12 players selected to the Preseason All-Big 12 team, and represents TCU's first selection since joining the league.[22]

TCU received votes in the preseason Associated Press Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll, equivalent to 29th and 30th place, respectively.[23][24]

Roster[edit]

2017–18 TCU Horned Frogs men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Jaylen Fisher Injured 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Bolton Arlington, TN
G 1 Desmond Bane 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Seton Catholic Richmond, IN
G 2 Shawn Olden 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr Union
New Mexico JC
Tulsa, OK
F 10 Vladimir Brodziansky 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Sr Canarias Basketball Academy
Pratt CC
Prievidza, Slovakia
F 12 Kouat Noi 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) RS Fr Montverde Academy (FL) Newcastle, Australia
F 13 Lat Mayen Current redshirt 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence Adelaide, Australia
F/C 14 Angus McWilliam Current redshirt 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Middleton Grange Christchurch, New Zealand
F 15 JD Miller 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Seagoville Dallas, TX
G 20 Dalton Dry (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Country Day Fort Worth, TX
C 21 Kevin Samuel Current redshirt 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Fr Redemption Christian Houston, TX
G 22 RJ Nembhard 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Keller HS Keller, TX
F 23 Ahmed Hamdy 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sr Trent Internationale
VCU
Alexandria, Egypt
G 25 Alex Robinson 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Timberview
Texas A&M
Arlington, TX
F 33 Clayton Crawford (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Aspen Aspen, CO
G 34 Kenrich Williams 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr University
New Mexico JC
Waco, TX
F 45 Austin Sottile (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sr St. Louis University HS St. Louis, MO
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • David Patrick, Assistant Head Coach (Louisiana)
  • Ryan Miller, Assistant Coach (Northern State)
  • Corey Barker (Prairie View A&M)
  • Ontario Lett, Special Assistant to the Head Coach (Pittsburgh)
  • Thomas Montigel, Operations Coordinator (TCU)
  • Ryan Brown, Graduate Assistant
  • Mike Lecak, Graduate Assistant
  • Corey Santee, Graduate Assistant
  • Stephen Gephardt, Assistant Strength Coach
  • Matt Herrill, Associate Director of Sports Medicine

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: November 9, 2017

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
August 8, 2017*
5:00 am
at Savannah Pride W 108–54
Box Score
 

Kevin Betts Stadium (N/A)
Sydney, Australia
August 10, 2017*
5:00 am
at Basketball Center of Excellence W 105–71
Box Score
 

Minto Indoor Sports Centre (162)
Sydney, Australia
August 12, 2017*
2:30 am
at Melbourne All Stars W 96–70
Box Score
 

Waverley Stadium (N/A)
Melbourne, Australia
August 12, 2017*
11:00 pm
at Longhorns W 107–81
Box Score
 

Eagle Stadium (N/A)
Melbourne, Australia
August 15, 2017*
5:00 am
at Knox Raiders (Big V) W 107–63
Box Score
 

State Basketball Centre (360)
Melbourne, Australia
Regular Season
November 10, 2017*
8:00 pm, FCS
Louisiana–Monroe W 83–73
Box Score
 
1–0
Schollmaier Arena (6,715)
Fort Worth, TX
November 13, 2017*
8:00 pm, FSSW+
Tennessee Tech
Emerald Coast Classic campus-site game
W 100–63
Box Score
 
2–0
Schollmaier Arena (6,019)
Fort Worth, TX
November 15, 2017*
8:00 pm, FSSW
South Dakota W 76–71
Box Score
 
3–0
Schollmaier Arena (5,939)
Fort Worth, TX
November 20, 2017*
8:00 pm, FSSW+
Omaha
Emerald Coast Classic campus-site game
W 99–66
Box Score
 
4–0
Schollmaier Arena (6,733)
Fort Worth, TX
November 24, 2017*
6:00 pm, CBSSN
vs. New Mexico
Emerald Coast Classic semifinal
W 69–67
Box Score
 
5–0
The Arena at NFSC (1,000)
Niceville, FL
November 25, 2017*
6:00 pm, CBSSN
vs. St. Bonaventure
Emerald Coast Classic final
W 89–79
Box Score
 
6–0
The Arena at NFSC (1,400)
Niceville, FL
November 29, 2017*
8:00 pm, FSSW+
No. 23 Belmont W 87–76
Box Score
 
7–0
Schollmaier Arena (6,237)
Fort Worth, TX
December 2, 2017*
7:00 pm, FSSW
No. 23 Yale W 92–66
Box Score
 
8–0
Schollmaier Arena (5,970)
Fort Worth, TX
December 5, 2017*
8:00 pm, FSSW+
No. 20 SMU W 94–83
Box Scrore
 
9–0
Schollmaier Arena (6,840)
Fort Worth, TX
December 8, 2017*
11:59 pm, ESPNU
No. 20 vs. No. 22 Nevada
Basketball Hall of Fame Classic
W 84–80
Box Score
 
10–0
Staples Center (6,456)
Los Angeles, CA
December 18, 2017*
8:00 pm, FSSW+
No. 15 Texas Southern W 91–72
Box Score
 
11–0
Schollmaier Arena (5,925)
Fort Worth, TX
December 22, 2017*
8:00 pm, Facebook
No. 15 William & Mary W 86–75
Box Score
 
12–0
Schollmaier Arena (6,207)
Fort Worth, TX
December 30, 2017
1:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 10 No. 12 Oklahoma L 89–90
Box Score
 
12–1
(0–1)
Schollmaier Arena (6,912)
Fort Worth, TX
January 2, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPNews
No. 16 at Baylor W 81–78
Box Score
 OT
13–1
(1–1)
Ferrell Center (5,776)
Waco, TX
January 6, 2018
8:15 pm, ESPN2
No. 16 No. 10 Kansas L 84–88
Box Score
 
13–2
(1–2)
Schollmaier Arena (6,894)
Fort Worth, TX
January 10, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 16 at Texas L 98–99
Box Score
 2OT
13–3
(1–3)
Frank Erwin Center (9,736)
Austin, TX
January 13, 2018
12:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 16 at No. 9 Oklahoma L 97–102
Box Score
 OT
13–4
(1–4)
Lloyd Noble Center (11,504)
Norman, OK
January 17, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 24 Iowa State W 96–73
Box Score
 
14–4
(2–4)
Schollmaier Arena (6,894)
Fort Worth, TX
January 20, 2018
3:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 24 at Kansas State L 68–73
Box Score
 
14–5
(2–5)
Bramlage Coliseum (11,194)
Manhattan, KS
January 22, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPN
No. 7 West Virginia W 82–73
Box Score
 
15–5
(3–5)
Schollmaier Arena (7,368)
Fort Worth, TX
January 27, 2018*
3:00 pm, ESPN2
at Vanderbilt
Big 12/SEC Challenge
L 78–81
Box Score
 
15–6
Memorial Gymnasium (9,755)
Nashville, TN
January 30, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPNU
at Oklahoma State W 79–66
Box Score
 
16–6
(4–5)
Gallagher-Iba Arena (6,250)
Stillwater, OK
February 3, 2018
1:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 10 Texas Tech L 71–83
Box Score
 
16–7
(4–6)
Schollmaier Arena (7,178)
Fort Worth, TX
February 6, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPN2
at No. 10 Kansas L 64–71
Box Score
 
16–8
(4–7)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
February 10, 2018
1:00 pm, ESPNU
Texas W 87–71
Box Score
 
17–8
(5–7)
Schollmaier Arena (6,549)
Fort Worth, TX
February 12, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPN2
at No. 20 West Virginia L 66–82
Box Score
 
17–9
(5–8)
WVU Coliseum (11,773)
Morgantown, WV
February 17, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN2
Oklahoma State W 90–70
Box Score
 
18–9
(6–8)
Schollmaier Arena (6,588)
Fort Worth, TX
February 21, 2018
7:00 pm, Cyclones.TV
at Iowa State W 89–83
Box Score
 
19–9
(7–8)
Hilton Coliseum (14,063)
Ames, IA
February 24, 2018
11:00 am, ESPN2
Baylor W 82–72
Box Score
 
20–9
(8–8)
Schollmaier Arena (6,451)
Fort Worth, TX
February 27, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPNU
Kansas State W 66–59
Box Score
 
21–9
(9–8)
Schollmaier Arena (6,682)
Fort Worth, TX
March 3, 2018
3:00 pm, ESPN2
at No. 12 Texas Tech L 75–79
Box Score
 
21–10
(9–9)
United Supermarkets Arena (15,098)
Lubbock, TX
Big 12 Tournament
March 16, 2018
11:30 am, ESPN2
(5) vs. (4) Kansas State
Quarterfinals
L 64–66
Box Score
 OT
21–11
Sprint Center 
Kansas City, MO
NCAA Tournament
March 16, 2018*
9:40 pm, CBS
(6 MW) vs. (11 MW) Syracuse
First Round
L 52–57
Box Score
 
21–12
Little Caesars Arena (20,314)
Detroit, MI
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

Schedule Source: GoFrogs.com[25]

Rankings[edit]

TCU received votes in the preseason polls after their 2017 NIT Championship season. On December 25, 2017, the Horned Frogs received the program's first top-10 ranking from the Associated Press poll, surpassed the following day by a top-8 ranking from the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Final 
AP RV RV RV 23 20 14 15 10 16 16 24 RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV NR 
Coaches RV RV^ RV RV 20 14 12 8 15 16 25 RV RV NR RV RV RV RV RV RV NR

^Coaches Poll did not release a Week 2 poll at the same time AP did.
*AP does not release post-NCAA tournament rankings.

Future players[edit]

Signing class entering 2018-19[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Postgame Notes: TCU Wins NIT Championship". TCU Athletics. March 30, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ "TCU Opens Big 12 Championship with OU". TCU Athletics. March 6, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ "TCU routs Oklahoma, 82-63". TCU Athletics. March 8, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  5. ^ "TCU stuns No. 1 Kansas 85-82 in Big 12 quarterfinals". TCU Athletics. March 9, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "TCU Falls to Iowa State in Big 12 Semifinals, 84-63". TCU Athletics. March 10, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Frogs Earn First NIT Bid Since 2005". TCU Athletics. March 12, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "TCU Downs Fresno State in NIT, 66-59". TCU Athletics. March 15, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  9. ^ "TCU advances with 94-92 OT win over Iowa". TCU Athletics. March 18, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
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  11. ^ "TCU advances to NIT title game with 68-53 win". TCU Athletics. March 28, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  12. ^ "TCU Routs Georgia Tech To Win NIT Title, 88-56". TCU Athletics. March 30, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  13. ^ "TCU Men to Play Five Games Down Under". TCU Athletics. August 3, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2017. 
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  16. ^ "Strong Second Half Gives TCU Big Win". TCU Athletics. August 10, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Balanced Effort Leads TCU to 96-70 Win". TCU Athletics. August 12, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Frogs Unselfish in 107-81 Win". TCU Athletics. August 13, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2017. 
  19. ^ "TCU Routs Knox, 107-63". TCU Athletics. August 15, 2017. Retrieved August 18, 2017. 
  20. ^ "TCU Picked to Finish Third in Big 12". TCU Athletics. October 19, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
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