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TCU News: When will hoops get Noi back?

Also, lots of 202 recruiting news on tap.

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Danny Mourning

Basketball:

TCU has been without its second-leading scorer for two straight games. When he’ll return | The Star-Telegram

Getting Noi back on the court is crucial for TCU’s fading Bubble hopes.

But Noi is expected to return for the Iowa State game on Saturday, coach Jamie Dixon said.

“We’ll get Kouat back I would think in the next one,” Dixon said. “Obviously he makes us a different team.”

Noi’s absence has been felt in the Frogs’ last two games as Oklahoma and Oklahoma State each ended five-game losing streaks. TCU struggled on the offensive end each game, including Monday’s 68-61 loss at Oklahoma State.

Football:

TCU offensive line outlook for 2019: Are the growing pains over after bumpy 2018? | Sports Day

An offensive line that was inexperienced a season ago is almost all back, and that’s huge for the offense.

Anthony McKinney (junior): The former JUCO transfer made strides a season ago at left tackle after arriving as an early enrollee during the Spring 2018 semester. McKinney was rated the No. 3 JUCO offensive tackle prospect in the entire Class of 2018.

Kellton Hollins (junior): Hollins, at 6-2 and 292 pounds, was a regular presence center for TCU in 2018 after playing four games as a redshirt freshman in 2017.

Austin Myers (sophomore): The 6-5, 303-pound tackle from Manvel saw five games as a redshirt freshman in 2017 before having an increased presence on the offensive line in 2018.

Alford building strong relationship with TCU | 247 Sports

The Frogs are looking for their first 2020 commit. Could it be the talented DB?

“I loved it; it’s small but big at the same time,” Alford told HFB about the visit. “They said they have 9,800 kids but everybody in Fort Worth goes to the games. It’s a good environment and I have a good relationship with the coaches. I was really at home and went to Coach P’s house; me and my mom were there for a while and we sat and talked. It felt like family.”

Getting to spend extra time with a head coach of a Big 12 program isn’t ordinary for most recruits. But, for Alford, he and Patterson have built a strong relationship. In fact, Alford says he talks to the head coach the most out of any other coach.

“Coach Patterson is recruiting me; he messages almost every day; we’ll have short conversations and long conversations,” Alford said. “He’s been in the game for a long time and he’s a defensive minded coach and I love that.”

Four-star DE Alec Bryant has TCU under strong consideration | 247 Sports

... or maybe this four star?

Bryant recently visited TCU a few weeks ago for a Frogs’ junior day with his parents. To say Bryant had a good time on the visit would be an understatement.

“I loved every single part of it from the picture taking to the one-on-one visits with the coaching staff; I can really see myself up there,” Bryant said of the TCU visit. “I liked going to Coach Patterson’s house because he visited a lot with me and my parents.”

Although the Frogs signed nearly a handful of defensive ends for the 2019 class, the position is anything but solidified. Bryant says TCU has told him he’s the type of player that could make an immediate impact and could eventually become a player like Ben Banogu or L.J. Collier, who were both first team All-Big 12 defensive ends.