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TCU News: Dixon rewards walk-on with scholarship surprise

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And Justin Rogers surprises with athletic feat.

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Basketball:

Watch how TCU lets a walk-on know he’s now on scholarship | The Star-Telegram

This was a bright spot amid some bad news for TCU Basketball yesterday!

“This is what we need,” coach Jamie Dixon told his players. “This attitude.”

Aschieris is a sophomore guard from San Diego, California, spending his first season with the team. He served as a practice team member for the women’s team as a freshman.

Aschieris has played in five games this season, including TCU’s blowout victory over USC at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. He launched his first shot, a 3-pointer, in the Dec. 16 game against Indiana State.

WVU basketball: Struggling Mountaineers hit the road for TCU | Charleston Gazette Mail

The Eers have had to go deep into the bench and pull some redshirts as injuries have plagued the program.

With the redshirt off freshman guard Trey Doomes after his season debut in Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma State, and the emergence of freshman forward Derek Culver as a force to be reckoned with, some younger Mountaineers have been in the spotlight lately.Doomes, who was sitting out what was planned to be a redshirt season until after last week’s loss at Kansas State, and Culver, who missed more than a month of time due to a suspension from Huggins, are behind the curve on practice time, however. That makes it tough for Huggins to do much in the way of running plays through or for those two, but he hasn’t been left with many other options after the way the Mountaineers have played this season.

“It’s kind of hard,” Huggins said. “I want to get Trey in, and he deserves to get in. It’s hard when you haven’t played. He had a couple breakdowns defensively that hurt us [against Oklahoma State]. It’s hard to run anything with him and Derek in there because they both really haven’t been around that long.”

WVU On Unfamiliar Ground As It Visits TCU | Blue Gold News

Bob Huggins crew is looking to get back on track tonight in Fort Worth.

This time, it’s the TCU squad of head coach Jamie Dixon who holds the upper hand, with an NCAA-worthy NET ranking and a 12-3 record, as well as Top-25-flirting status. The Frogs are likely to be well-motivated, having dropped their last two league games against Kansas and Oklahoma, and will be looking to protect their hopes for an NCAA bid.

At this point in the season, the WVU coaching staff hoped to have the majority of its lineup and rotational pieces established. For sure, there can be one-off instances where a little-used player jumps in with a bigger-than-expected contribution, but for the most part contending teams aren’t searching for answers the way the Mountaineers are.

Football:

WATCH: TCU redshirt freshman QB Justin Rogers shows off incredible hops at team training facilities | Sports Day

This is a sight for sore eyes!

Rogers, in a video posted to Twitter, was seen showing off his hops in a box jump at the team’s training facilities. And for a quarterback that has been recovering from a serious knee injury -- in addition to a “drop-foot” condition -- it’s an encouraging sight for Rogers himself, his teammates and TCU fans.

Is time running out on TCU’s search for a grad transfer QB? Here are the names to know | The Star-Telegram

All signs point to Jalen Hurts landing elsewhere, and Kendall - who has two years of eligibility - might not be a good fit. If Rogers is healthy, it will be his show.

Oklahoma’s Austin Kendall is in the NCAA transfer portal, and reportedly visited West Virginia on Monday. He would make sense for TCU to target.

Kendall has been blocked for playing time by Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray the past two seasons, but was a 4-star recruit coming out of high school.

Kendall has graduated from OU, and has two years of eligibility left. Under the NCAA’s new transfer rules, there is nothing to prevent him from playing in the 2019 season even if he transfers within the Big 12 conference since he’s graduated.

Another name to keep an eye on is former K-State quarterback Alex Delton. Delton announced his intentions to play at UTEP next season, however, he could be intrigued by playing for another Power Five program and flip to TCU.