The Frogs will be without one of their key pieces at guard for the remainder of the season, as last year’s leading scorer, Malique Trent, has left the program, as announced by Jamie Dixon Tuesday afternoon.
Due to "personal matters" Malique Trent has left the @TCUBasketball program.— Alex Apple (@AlexApple_) January 3, 2017
Trent, a 6’2” transfer out of New Mexico Junior College, averaged 11.8 points per game in his first season on campus as a sophomore and was one of the better assist men in the Big 12, dishing out just under three per contest. But under new coach Jamie Dixon, Trent’s production decreased, as he started only three games and averaged just 12 minutes per contest. The emergence of true freshmen Jaylen Fisher and Desmond Bane, as well as A&M transfer Alex Robinson made it hard for the junior to consistently crack the lineup. Through the first 12 games, he averaged just 3.8 ppg and shot 35.7% from the field, including going just 2-17 from deep.
In the past few games, Dixon has gone to senior Michael Williams more and more when he needed to reach deep into the bench, and he has been effective, especially on defense. The Frogs also have 6’6” senior Brandon Parrish - who has been hot from behind the arc lately - and 6’6” freshman Josh Parrish to provide depth. Kenrich Williams can handle the ball capably in a pinch as well. While it certainly hurts to see a player leave in the middle of the season, the Frogs will need to move on quickly, as Oklahoma comes to town tonight.