Who would have ever dreamed that the Frogs would be one of just two college basketball teams finishing their season with a win.
“This trophy is the epitome of our careers,” Parrish said. “There were so many times that people said that we would never be able to do it; that the guys on our team weren’t good enough; our program wasn’t good enough.
“Just the fact that we can silence all the doubters today, it’s a dream come true.”
Both the offense and defense took it up a notch in the postseason, and Thursday night they dominated on both ends of the floor in a convincing victory.
“No question, our defense led to our offense, and that’s what we want to be,” TCU head coach Jamie Dixon said. “We got turnovers; we got stops; we got transition the other way, and we’ve been pretty good in transition, and we’re getting better at it, but the defense starts, no question.”
LOVE. THESE. GUYS.
The biggest factor about the senior class could have been their willingness to sacrifice individual statistics and personal achievements for the good of the team. At some point within past four years, all four of TCU’s seniors have been starters. But all became role players this year, surrendering the spotlight to younger guys, and did so with good attitudes and supportive outlooks.
Gary Patterson. Jim Schlossnagle. Chris Del Conte. Victor Boschini. And now Jamie Dixon. Does any school have it better than us?
"Our goal is to make it to the NCAA tournament and make long runs in it. That's what I'm used to doing," Dixon said. "But I guess you have to take steps, and this is a step. This is a huge step. I wanted our players and school to be proud of our program, and that's what I came to do. I thought I could be the guy that does it."
Kenny Hustle made the most of the big stage Thursday night, with an MVP performance.
Junior guard Kenrich Williams led TCU with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
Williams was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
Vlad Brodziansky scored 18 points for the Horned Frogs (24-15), and Alex Robinson had 10 points and 11 assists.
Watching Brandon Parrish crying on the sidelines - finally tears of joy - will be the image burned on the brains of TCU fans when they look back on this magical run.
"When you get into a job, you wonder if you're ever going to get those seniors to buy in," Dixon said after the team's 68-53 win against Central Florida on Tuesday. "They have a new coach, and how are they going to respond?"
There were times when those four -- Chris Washburn from South Grand Prairie, Karviar Shepherd from Prime Prep Academy in Dallas, Brandon Parrish from Arlington Seguin and Michael Williams from San Antonio -- could have quit and gone elsewhere.
Skoug has broken out in a big way over the last two weeks, but even when things weren’t going well at the plate, he was excellent behind it.
“I live with Evan; I’ve seen ups and downs in Evan’s career,” right fielder Austen Wade said. “I think he’s handled the last three or four weeks with probably the best poise that I can say of someone in his position, as high-caliber a player as he is, as much attention as he gets from the college baseball world. He’s kind of relaxed a little bit. You’re starting to see the Evan of two years ago, the Evan of last year.”
If the Big 12’s best tackler is improved in 2017... that could go a long way to returning the Frogs to their normal expectations.
Head coach Gary Patterson said Ty Summers is playing better than he has been previously. During the offseason and the spring practices, Summers has been putting in the efforts on and off the field. After TCU's sixth spring practice, Patterson said that Summers is "better than he was last year."
Turp is out this spring while he focuses on academics, but him reaching his potential will be key to the TCU offense being competent this fall.
Turpin's 2015 season is what revealed his true potential. Alongside Josh Doctson, Turpin amassed 45 receptions, 649 yards and eight touchdowns. He earned Freshman All-American status from that season.
Even if the quarterback issue isn't solved, Turpin can emerge as TCU's best receiver next season. He's one of the team's best athletes that can thrive against the Big 12's weak pass defenses.