The Frogs will go (at least) 20 years between NBA Draft picks, and that sucks - mostly because of how much Hustle deserved to hear his name called.
Since Williams arrived to TCU in the fall of 2014, all the young man did was improve and help to lead one of college basketball’s better stories.
He became one of the best rebounding guards in the Big 12, an active player opponents never could keep off the glass. As a senior, he added a perimeter shot to his game.
This past season, he averaged 13.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.8 steals and shot just under 40 percent from 3-point range. He was named a second team All Big 12 player, and TCU made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since Nailon’s days in 1998.
Sure, Williams, surprisingly, went undrafted Thursday night. But, reading this profile, it’s hard to doubt that he won’t find a way to make it to the League.
Those losses still provided opportunities for growth. Williams deeply dissected the action in which he could not participate, realizing how ball handlers could single-handedly manipulate the pace of an entire game. He was always a ballhawk, and from the sideline, he further grasped how to better time jumping passing lanes, how a weak side defender can drift into the shadow of a stagnant off-ball opponent, only to shoot a gap when the point guard finally looks that direction. “Kind of play cat and mouse with it,” Williams says. “You think I’m with my man, but I’m really not. I’m looking at the ball the whole time.” He observed how to dig in and swipe the ball clean when helping on low post touches. He studied Big 12 rivals’ tendencies. Williams nearly doubled his steals the following season as a red-shirt junior, swiping 1.5 per contest.
I don’t know.... Kenny Hustle’s do might be more well known at this point.
Dalton’s stature on the Horned Frogs’ Mount Rushmore should never wane. He led the program to nationwide relevancy and the pinnacle, 13-0 Rose Bowl-winning 2010 season. He was 42-8 as the starting quarterback, including 25-1 his last two seasons. Others may surpass his numbers (some already have), but no one will supplant his importance to bringing TCU football into the upper echelon. Meanwhile, Dalton the man has served TCU just as well, with his squeaky clean reputation and the good works he and his wife have done both in Fort Worth and in Cincinnati with their Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation, which provides assistance for seriously ill and physically challenged children and their families.
Carp remains one of the greatest stories of Schloss’ tenure in Fort Worth.
Carpenter’s path to the big leagues wasn’t easy. He was taken in the 13th round of the ‘09 draft after being named the organizations minor league player of the year in 2010, made his major league debut in 2011. He became an every day player in 2012 and an All-Star in 2013 while leading the Cardinals to the World Series.
At TCU, he had a career batting average of .312 and remains in the top five of games played, at-bats, hits, doubles, walks and runs scored. Carpenter hit a then-record 23 doubles as a senior in 2009 while helping the Frogs reach their first NCAA Super Regional. He still calls Fort Worth home in the off-season and remains a devoted Horned Frog.
TCU is trying to bring stability back to a program that has had some issues over the last year, and the staff additions appear to be a good step towards doing just that.
Recently hired TCU head swimming and diving coach James Winchester announced the hiring of his staff, adding Anthony Crowder, Nathan Lavery, Birkir Jonsson, and Jean Madison to the TCU family.
“I’m really excited about the staff we have assembled,” Winchester said. “We had a lot of interest from candidates across the country and coming from all levels. The administration and myself took our time to make sure we found the right fits. In doing so, we found a phenomenal and hungry staff with championship experience at all levels and we’re excited to move forward and put TCU back on the map.”