The Frogs have an even bigger need than expected at point guard net year, and Farabello might be the perfect guy to fill it.
“Farabello is a pioneer, an icon,” said Brooks Meek, the NBA vice president of international basketball operations and head of elite basketball.
“As a young kid, he’s a great case study and we couldn’t be happier with him going to TCU and that program.
“From the NBA perspective, case studies like Farabello do so much for us when we go in and recruit other players either from Argentina or other point guards that see the success he’s had through the [NBA Global Academy’s] ‘Center of Excellence.’ Him signing at TCU is a big win for us.”
Alok lands at a G5 school.
Alok played JUCO ball at Chipola College in Florida, so it’s not surprising to see him head back to the state.
He broke his hand in the Diamond Head Classic last month, and is out for the season.
When healthy, he found himself in a reserve role with the Frogs. Alok averaged 3.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in the 10 games he appeared in this season.
Alok wouldn’t have passed Kevin Samuel on the depth chart, and freshman Russell Barlow likely would’ve pushed him for minutes next season.
Barlow is expected to redshirt this season, but has practiced well of late.
Getting a stud linebacker would seal this class up nicely.
“My relationship with TCU is very strong; I think they’re probably the first team that visited me in-home,” he said. “Coach(Chad) Glasgow and I have grown pretty close. Coach (Gary) Patterson when he was at Pittsburg State recruited my dad. So, the relationship with TCU is very strong.”
TCU currently has 25 commitments for their 2019 class but still have a huge need at linebacker. The Frogs are having to replace four of the top five linebackers from the 2018 squad. Jordan says TCU has been very up front with where he stands.
“They’re saying that they’re only recruiting guys that they expect to come play,” he said. “As a linebacker that’s where they said is their biggest need. They expect me to come in and play and I feel like I can meet the standards if need be.
This is probably the most underrated loss on the defensive side of the ball.
While the Horned Frogs hardly lack safeties on their roster, losing Niko Small to graduation will certainly be felt among the secondary -- at least during spring practice if not longer. Small was limited to only six games due to injury as a senior in 2018, but still managed for 23 total tackles with four pass breakups and an interception. Small’s sophomore season in 2016 was his most productive, appearing in all 13 games en route to a career high 86 total tackles with nine pass break-ups, a pair of interceptions and one forced fumble.
When it comes to returners in the secondary, Jeff Gladney will be back at cornerback after an impressive junior season while safeties Innis Gaines and Trevon Moehrig-Woodard -- the latter earned rave reviews from Patterson as freshman this past season -- will also be looking to make their mark. Nonetheless, the Horned Frogs will miss the experience that Small brought as one of the veterans in the secondary last fall.