A tough off-season for TCU Basketball just got tougher. Kenrich Williams, the Frogs' leading rebounder from a season ago, revealed to Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he will undergo season-ending knee surgery this afternoon. In total, Trent Johnson's team has now lost nine players from a season ago due to various reasons. Hudson Price (Charlotte), Charles Hill (Tarleton State), and Link Kabadyundi (Blinn CC) have all transferred away from the program, while Christian Gore and Josh Brown have left voluntarily. Additionally, Kyan Anderson, Trey Zeigler, and Amric Fields all graduated.
Kenrich Williams was a key piece of the Frogs' defense last season, averaging a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game. Williams was also second on the team in total blocks with 32 and third on the team in steals with 30. On the offensive end, he averaged 8.6 points per game. Williams appeared in all 33 games for the Frogs a year ago, including 17 starts, in his first season at TCU after transferring from New Mexico Junior College.
With Williams out, the losses in production from the 2014-15 season are mounting and some of the numbers are staggering. TCU has now lost 58.4% of the total minutes played, 63.4% of total points scored, 48.3% of total rebounds, 70.3% of total assists, 54.6% of total steals, and 47.7% of total blocks recorded a year ago.
The Frogs are down to seven players that have game experience at the Division I level. Only six of those seven are on scholarship at TCU. Chris Washburn, Karviar Shepherd, and Brandon Parrish are the most experienced of the returners and have amassed up a total of 141 starts as Horned Frogs. The remaining four returners - Chauncey Collins, Devonta Abron, Michael Williams, and Dalton Dry - have a combined 17 starts at TCU. Collins registered just 18 minutes in the Frogs' final eight games last season after a series of outings in which he didn't meet the standards set for him by Trent Johnson, Abron missed the entire 2013-14 season with a knee injury, and Williams and Dry combined to play just 121 minutes a year ago.
As for the newcomers, transfers Malique Trent and Vladimir Brodziansky each have playing experience at the junior college level. True freshmen Jalon Miller and Lyrik Shreiner will be making their first appearances at the Division I level this season.
An already difficult task for Trent Johnson continues to get harder as the Frogs are down to 11 total players on their roster for the 2015-16 season. TCU will open play on Friday, November 13 against Southeastern Louisiana at the new Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena.