TCU continues to add to their roster post NIT Championship run, inking the top-rated junior college prospect in the country, according to 247. On Friday, Power Forward Andre Pierce made it official, signing with the Frogs and Jamie Dixon.
Pierce, who stands in at 6’10” and weighs 215 pounds helps fill the void created by the graduation of Chris Washburn and Karviar Shepherd. A rising junior, he will be immediately eligible when he enrolls at TCU and will have two years remaining on the court.
Of the talented forward, TCU coach Jamie Dixon said, “Andre is versatile, long and plays with a lot of intensity,” TCU men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon said. “Andre has a high motor and combined with a strong skill set for someone his size. He comes from a respected basketball program that has produced successful, high-level Division I basketball players.”
Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Andre attended North Florida Educational Institute for High School before matriculating to Lee College, where he averaged 7.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game on nearly 50% shooting as a freshman and 9.4 points and 5.1 rebounds this past season. Another big body to pair alongside returnee Valdimir Brodziansky and signees Kevin Samuel, Pierce has a chance to make an instant impact on both ends of the floor. He joins Samuel, Lat Mayen, RJ Nembhard, and Shawn Olden - who signed yesterday - in the class of 2017, a unit which ranks as the 26th best signing class in the country according to Scout.
Jamie Dixon’s first full signing period has gone exceptionally well and sets the Frogs up to make their first NCAA Tournament since 1998. Welcome to the Frog Fam, Andre!