Desmond Bane, Alex Robinson, and Kouat Noi all received Big 12 honors for their performances on the court this season.
Bane, a junior guard who is leading TCU in scoring, earned All-Big 12 second team honors. Senior point guard Alex Robinson was named to the third team and sophomore forward Kouat Noi earned honorable mention.
TCU Rifle won its third National Championship since 2010 over the weekend, besting Air Force and several other schools in Morgantown, WV.
It’s the third national championship TCU can claim in rifle, along with 2010 and 2012. Additionally, freshman Kristen Hemphill took home the individual title in air rifle, the first Horned Frog in program history to claim an individual title in air rifle.
The Frogs took the series from Long Beach State on Sunday, thanks to a dinger from Andrew Keefer, and some dominant relief pitching from Charles King.
Charles King (1-0) turned in five solid innings in relief of Brandon Williamson. He entered a tie game with the bases loaded. He got a double play ball and a ground out to end the inning with only one more run scoring. He finished the afternoon allowing just a hit and a walk while striking out two.
His on-field stats aren’t gaudy, but good Lord his weight room numbers are. He stands at 6’2”, 198 pounds, meaning he squats almost FOUR TIMES HIS BODY WEIGHT.
But Austin is a naturally-gifted athlete who feels his playing days are far from over. This is a guy with a Twitter handle of @HE_GOING_PRO. This is a guy who has been touted as an “athletic freak” with a 780-pound squat, 450-pound bench press, 420-pound clean and 41-inch vertical jump.
There are a lot of guys who have departed from the program in the last few months, and they all need to be replaced.
The departures don’t end with the trio of Banogu, Collier and Summers -- the last who finished his time at TCU as the second all-time leading tackler of the Patterson era. Safeties Niko Small, Ridwan Issahaku and Markell Simmons are also on the list of graduated players, as are linebackers Alec Dunham and Jawuan Johnson.