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TCU Basketball has an open scholarship. Who will they target in the class of 2019?

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With Jaylen Fisher’s surprising departure, the Frogs have one more scholarship to give this spring.

TCU Basketball vs USC | Staples Center, LA | December 7, 2018
Jamie Dixon and his staff have some work to do on the recruiting trail.
Melissa Triebwasser

TCU Basketball has seen a level of attrition not often seen in collegiate athletics. With the departure of Angus McWilliam, Kaden Archie, Yuat Alok, and now Jaylen Fisher, the Frogs are down to just ten scholarship players.

To this point, the Jamie Dixon and the Horned Frogs have secured NLIs from three players - point guard Francisco Farabello, shooting guard PJ Fuller, and forward Diante Smith. That means, assuming no more surprises, that the Frogs depth chart will appear as such, next season:

PG: Kendric Davis (sophomore), Francisco Farabello (freshman)

SG: Desmond Bane (senior), RJ Nembhard (sophomore), Owen Aschieris (junior), PJ Fuller (freshman)

SF: Kouat Noi (junior), Diante Smith (freshman)

PF: Lat Mayen (RS sophomore)

C: Kevin Samuel (sophomore), Russell Barlow (freshman)

TCU will have significant depth issues at point guard and power forward next fall, and will likely look to recruit one of those two positions. With Noi being able to slide into either position, one could certainly argue that PG is the more pressing issue - but even with another signee in the backcourt, you’re still look at a true freshman backing up a sophomore. It’s possible the Frogs look to go the grad transfer or juco route to address that potential issue.

Let’s take a look at the offers the Frogs have out and who they may be most likely to sign.

Trendon Watford (6’9”, 230) - PF

The best uncommitted player on the Frogs’ offer board is five star power forward Trendon Watford; the Alabama native holds 16 offers and is expected to sign with either Memphis or Alabama. It’s probably too late to get back in the game with the 6’9” McDonald’s All American, but you can be sure Dixon and his staff will try.

Damion Baugh (6’4”, 185) - CG

Baugh is an interesting prospect out of Tennessee, a three star recruit with 23 offers and a final ten that includes Florida, Vanderbilt, LSU, and Auburn. Baugh is quick as lightning and can really shoot it, but he does so much more than just score from the backcourt. A confident player with great vision and solid handles, Baugh could definitely play some PG at the collegiate level. He’s also a really good rebounder for his position, attacking the boards a la Desmond Bane.

Kuany Kuany (6’10”, 200) - PF

The most recent recipient of a TCU offer, the Australian forward has spent his high school basketball career stateside in Florida. Unknown until recently, a solid senior season at Prolific Prep has started to get him noticed by mid and high major programs. A lanky player who can push the ball in transition, drop dimes, and rebound, Kuany’s well-rounded game includes the ability to shoot it out past three point range.

Grant Sherfield (6’2”, 180) - CG

Recently released from an NLI with UCLA, Sherfield has seen his recruitment pick up a ton of steam once he went back on the open market. The Kansas native has his hometown ‘Hawks in hot pursuit, joining 12 other schools (including half of the Big 12 Conference) vying for his signature. Sherfield is a scoring machine with excellent court vision, with range out past the three point line and a deadly pull up jumper. He would be a perfect fit in the Frogs’ fast paced offense.

UPDATE: Sherfield is actually a DFW native, who is playing at a prep school in Kansas. He played the past two years at North Crowley High.

Jordan Wright (6’6”, 200) - SG

Wright has a host of offers; the Dunham School (LA) star, and recent McDonald’s All-American nominee boasts 17, including LSU, A&M, Virginia Tech, and Stanford. While shooting guard isn’t the most pressing need for the Horned Frogs, Wright can really score and is a matchup nightmare on the offensive end. There aren’t a lot of clues as to where he will land at this point, but his recruitment is certainly something to keep an eye on.

Rick Issanza (7’1”, 230) - C

Can you ever have too many big men? The answer might be no for the Horned Frogs, as they could very well find themselves on the right end of recruiting when it comes to this raw talent out of Arizona. Issanza holds three offers - TCU, Baylor, and Texas Tech - but one stands out to him most, and that’s the Horned Frogs, Playing for Bella Vista coach Kyle Weaver, a TCU alum himself, has certainly helped the shot-blocking dynamo build a relationship with the basketball staff, and it’s likely to come down to the Frogs or Bears when it comes to winning the big man’s services.