Ochai Agbaji was the No. 133 player in the 2018 recruiting cycle, and with Udoka Azubuike out for the season due to a torn ligament in his hand, it looks like Bill Self is going to roll with a small lineup more often than not.
There are two ways TCU can play this - go at KU with Kevin Samuel in the paint, force small guys to guard him down low. Or, they can go with their own smaller lineup that they’ve shown a lot this season - JD Miller at the 5, Kouat Noi at the 4, with Robinson, Bane, and Fisher/Nembhard/Davis in the back court.
“We’re gonna play small a lot and we need depth,” Self said on his radio show, Hawk Talk. “We need guys that can make some plays above the rim that you can’t really teach. As far as athletic ability, he’s the best athlete we have on our team. So we’re excited.”
Johnson had a crucial interception in overtime of the Cheez-It Bowl, and also recorded seven tackles. He came on strong the back half of the season, starting the final seven games for TCU.
Johnson recorded a season-high 12 total tackles one game prior to the Cheez-It Bowl when the Horned Frogs posted a 31-24 win in their regular-season finale vs. Oklahoma State on Nov. 24 in Fort Worth. He also had back-to-back 10-tackle outings vs. Kansas and Kansas State earlier in the season.