The 2016-2017 group was a special one, for sure. But part of what makes this team even more special are its seniors — the guys who lived and played through TCU’s down years, stuck with the team and ended their careers as champions. All of them had the chance to take the court Thursday night, and it was beautiful.
And now, a tribute.
Gotta love Karviar. His haircuts may have changed, but one thing stayed the same — he was a Frog, through thick and thin. A key player throughout the Trent Johnson era, Shepherd saw his minutes go down as other players like Vladimir Brodziansky and JD Miller earned starting positions under Jamie Dixon. Regardless, Shepherd remained a Horned Frog faithful, played his part and left as a champion.
Last shot of his career? A layup within the final two minutes of the NIT Championship.
Chris Washburn, Jr. -- the son of Chris Washburn, Sr. His father didn’t have the best reputation, and Washburn sought to change that. Transferring from UTEP to TCU, he became a staple of the team, leaving with what’s certainly a different legacy.
Last shot of his career? A free throw :)
Michael Williams’s career at TCU may have been understated, but it was certainly appreciated. Though he didn’t start many games, he proved to be a real smarty-shorts, earning Academic All-Big 12 honors as a sophomore, junior and senior.
Last shot of his career? A 3-point shot to bring the Frogs up 63-49.
Ah, Brandon. Rhino Man. This guy has been nothing but heart all season. And as the clock ran down, his face represented all of us.
Congrats to #TCU, especially @bpthatruth.— Joe Trahan (@JoeTrahan) March 31, 2017
The look and tears on his face tell the story. #NITChamps #WFAATCU pic.twitter.com/avfCwClLZr
Last shot of his career? A dunk in the second period to even further solidify the Frogs’ win. Oh, and watching his little brother throw in the final dunk as the clock hit 0:00.