Since the end of the season, Trent Johnson and his staff have hit the recruiting trail, looking to continue their rebuilding project in Fort Worth. Another big step forward for the program would be landing Combo Guard Malique Trent. The three-star recruit is scheduled to visit TCU on April 10 for an official visit. As the number one ranked junior college Combo Guard in the country, Trent is receiving buzz from a handful of programs, including offers from Tennessee, Creighton, Houston, Colorado State, Kansas State, and TCU. He is scheduled to go on an official visit to Creighton this weekend.
Trent is currently a red-shirt freshman at New Mexico Junior College, the same juco that Kenrich Williams attended a year ago. Having started 27 of 31 games for the Thunderbirds, Trent averaged 16.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. The 6'2" guard originally from Portsmouth, Virginia is a deep ball threat, having averaged nearly 40% shooting from behind the arc this season. Trent was named the NJCAA Freshman of the Year this season, while also roping in First Team All-Conference honors.
With his experience and talent, Trent could become a big key to the Frogs' success next season. With the graduation of Kyan Anderson, Trent would no doubt help fill the scoring void. Much like Kenrich Williams, Trent could see his way into the starting lineup next season at the two-guard position, a hole that Johnson and his staff are currently trying to fill.
Trent Johnson has already signed three-star guard Jalon Miller for next season. Miller is a three-star power forward from Seagonville High School in Dallas. Johnson has also received a verbal commitment from Lyrik Shreiner, a 6'4" shooting guard from the Fishburne Military School in Phoenix. Shreiner committed to TCU despite a late run by Rick Pitino and Louisville. With the momentum that TCU picked up this season, the newly renovated Daniel Meyer-Coliseum set to open in the fall, and the early recruiting successes for Johnson, look for the TCU Basketball program to enter the 2015-2016 season with a full head of steam.