Desmond Bane proved that he “ain’t no freshman”, as Coach Dixon put it after the Kansas win, and he continues to make plays in the absence of Jaylen Fisher.
TCU senior Brandon Parrish told him after the West Virginia game to be ready for his next chance.
“I remember after that West Virginia game, he was in the locker room with his head down,” Parrish said. “I went up to him and said, ‘You’re going to have moments like this, but don’t ever put your head down. You’re so talented, you should never let this affect another game.’ The biggest thing I told him was that I believe in him, and sure enough, he’s come through.”
We are just now starting to see the full breadth of Bane’s game, and the best is yet to come for the youngest player on the team.
“I think right away once he got here, we had an understanding that he was going to play and that it would be based on his defense because he has a knack for scoring and is unique in that he can finish around the rim and he’s a shooter,” Dixon said. “You’ve seen that throughout the year finishing with either hand, he has some tools offensively, but defensively, we had some concerns because he played in the middle of a 2-3 zone in high school, and that doesn’t translate really well to guarding Kansas in the open court.”
Y’all, this better be a sell-out.
Also... it’s a white out, so get your gear ready.
TCU’s NIT quarterfinal game against Richmond, scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, has tickets remaining, TCU officials said Monday night.
Season-ticket holders had until 5 p.m. Monday to purchase tickets. Unsold tickets went on sale at 6 p.m. Monday at gofrogs.com.
So the football misconceptions followed to basketball season? Frankly, it’s not true. Jok had a great first half, but was corralled down the stretch.
“We wanted to make sure we played defense,” Robinson said. “I saw Jok made a comment that the Big 12 is all about offense and the Big Ten is about defense. Well, that’s not the case. Especially not for us. We emphasize defense and knew that if we got stops, we could be on the attack.”
An absolute must-read on one of the unsung heroes of the Frogs’ post-season run. He’s got quite the backstory.
Washburn is scheduled to graduate in the spring with a degree in criminal justice, but wants to pursue a career in basketball coaching. He’s looking forward to Tuesday night’s game, and to however many more games may be remaining for TCU. He’s also ready to be done with college.
“It’s weird that it’s almost over but it’s time,” he said. “I’ve been in college for so long.”
He’s been in college for five years, or the same number of years his dad played between his time at N.C. State and the NBA combined.
None of this has been easy. Or the way he wanted. But he made it.