These are certainly different days for TCU Basketball, as the Frogs are not only winning on the court, but in significant recruiting battles. The most recent victory for Jamie Dixon and his staff is three star small forward Andre Rafus, a Baltimore native.
In all, Rafus had 18 offers, including luminaries such as Kansas and UCLA, as well as Big 12 teams Kansas State and West Virginia. After narrowing down his list to a top seven that included Kansas, NC State, Kentucky, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Butler, and TCU in July, Rafus declared for the Frogs on Friday.
At 6’9” and 200 pounds, Rafus brings a deft shooting touch from outside along with the ability to slash to the paint to TCU. A lefty with a smooth stroke, Andre also has the ability to rise up and flush the ball in a way that not many current TCU players can. He’s extraordinarily athletic, displays good vision, and solid ball handling skills for a player his size. The 38th ranked small forward in the class of 2017, and a top 200 prospect overall, Rafus joins four star shooting guard R.J. Nembhard and four star center Kevin Samuel as true freshmen among the five total signees. Juco transfer Andre Pierce and Australian Lat Mayen round out the unit.
A dynamic scoring option and capable defender, Rafus brings the kind of skill set that can light up a box score to Fort Worth in the fall. As he adds weight and gets stronger, he has the potential to be a double-double machine for Dixon and the Frogs. He, along with the rest of the class of 2017, should help solidify a TCU team that was on the cusp on the tourney bubble for most of the 2016-2017 season.
Check out his highlights below and welcome Andre to Fort Worth!