2019 is coming to a close today and with it, a decade. Thus, we have an opportunity to take a look back at the best players of the decade. It would be one thing to just put a list together, but I’m taking a different route. Instead, I’ll be constructing starting lineups for men’s basketball, baseball, and football, using the best players of the decade in each sport. We’ll also name a Player of the Decade.
This post is dedicated to the 2010-19 TCU Men’s Basketball program, so let’s jump right in.
Guard: Kyan Anderson (2011-15)
Kyan Anderson was a marathon man during one of the darkest periods of the decade for TCU basketball. He started 118 games from 2011-2015, finishing his career in the top 10 at TCU in the following categories: Points, assists, steals (all-time leader), field goals made, three pointers made, games played, games started, free throws made, and free throw percentage.
Honorable Mention: Alex Robinson
Guard: Desmond Bane (2016-20)
He’s TCU’s most capable scorer of the decade, able to hit from deep, at the rim, and anywhere in between with ease. The chiseled kid from Indiana has spent his college career making opposing coaches wish they had offered him - TCU was his only D1 offer - and he’s currently No. 10 on TCU’s all-time scoring list. 173 more points would put him at No. 5.
Honorable Mention: Hank Thorns
Guard/Forward: Brandon Parrish (2013-17)
Parrish is the only player in this starting five to not reach 1,000 points for his career, but that doesn’t matter. His energy, effort, and leadership on and off the court defined the Trent Johnson era at TCU - that’s to say that a team that was often overmatched never, ever quit playing hard. Parrish is one of the reasons Jamie Dixon was able to come to TCU and win the NIT in his first season, and every player on that NIT title team said they wanted to get that win for Parrish.
Honorable Mention: Garlon Green
Forward: Kenrich Williams (2014-18)
He was the heart and soul of TCU’s team during his time on campus, and he fought tirelessly on the court for every inch he could take. When it was all said and done, he finished top 5 all-time at TCU in steals and rebounds, and he’s the all-time leader in hustle. Not to mention, he’s one of two Horned Frogs ever to record a triple double.
Honorable Mention: JD Miller
Center: Vladimir Brodziansky (2015-18)
He’s TCU’s all-time block leader, tied with James Penny with 171 blocked shots for his career. Vlad’s soft touch and ability to stretch the floor were both integral to helping TCU break out of decades of despair, win the NIT, and reach the NCAA Tournament.
Honorable Mention: Kevin Samuel
Men’s Basketball Player of the Decade: Kenrich Williams
Was it ever really in doubt? Kenny Hustle was the first name I typed when making this lineup. He dragged TCU kicking and screaming out of the dark ages with relentless energy and perseverance. He fought through losing seasons, major injuries, coaching changes, and more to entrench himself as a TCU legend.