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Why Cameron Norrie deserves your appreciation

This kid is good. Really good. And not just because he wins.

Cameron Norrie
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You really need to know about Cameron Norrie.

Now if you're deep into TCU sports, you probably already know his name. If not, you need to.

For starters, he's a junior on the men's tennis team, and he's been having a phenomenal season -- one that earned him the title of TCU’s Pop Boone Male Athlete of the Year at the All-Sports Banquet this week.

But his story isn’t necessarily the look-how-far-he’s-come type necessarily. He has, sort of, always been good, and always wanted to go pro since he started. Norrie came to TCU all the way from New Zealand, going 28-11 in singles during his first year. The year after that, he posted a 28-8 singles record and helped the Frogs bring a Big 12 Championship trophy back to Fort Worth, with Norrie as the MVP. He’d later get a spot in the NCAA Tournament and make it all the way to the semifinals.

This year, he’s 15-1 in singles (yes, he won again Wednesday en route to the Frogs’ Big 12 regular season title) and is ranked No. 2 in the Oracle/ITA singles poll.

But here’s the kicker -- Norrie wants to go pro. And he totally could go pro. He’s already played in professional tournaments. In fact, he almost went pro last year.

Instead, he chose to stay at TCU. He wants the Frogs to win that national championship first.

Oh, and he also recently pwned WFAA's Mike Leslie in tennis.

And that is why you need to know Cameron Norrie. Appreciate him.