Jamie Dixon has been busy on the recruiting trail, looking to fill several open scholarship spots ahead of the start of next season. He made good progress over the last two days, scoring the commitment of a pair of talented players - one through the transfer market and another via prep school.
Keonte Kennedy was the first commitment of the week, making it official Sunday night via twitter:
I’m coming home! #GoFrogs pic.twitter.com/SASgEPgGF9— Keonte Kennedy (@KeonteKennedy) April 14, 2019
A graduate of Austin Westlake, Kennedy, a three star shooting guard, initially signed with Xavier out of high school. The 6’5” guard played in 21 games for the Musketeers, averaging 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds per game before entering the transfer portal in February. Kennedy had 29 offers to choose from before ultimately deciding on Xavier, with Texas Tech, Baylor, Arkansas, and SMU among his suitors. TCU, Kansas, and Michigan all showed interest as well, as he led Westlake to a 36-4 record with an undefeated district mark his senior year. As a freshman, he played nearly 13 minutes per game, shooting 33% from the field and 25% from three - though he had just 35 attempts.
Kennedy will join for the fall semester, but will sit out next season due to NCAA Transfer Rules.
Also added to the fold is 6’7” forward Mickey Pearson, who announced to TCU Monday, also on social media:
COMMITTED pic.twitter.com/PvSrOu8OlL— 3️⃣ (@Mickeypearson24) April 15, 2019
Pearson fills a huge need for the Frogs with JD Miller graduating and Kouat Noi leaving TCU to begin his professional career. Pearson was originally committed to St. Louis University after graduating high school in 2018, but asked to be released from his NLI, choosing to enroll at Hargrave Military Academy. Eligible to play next season, Pearson chose the Frogs over Rutgers, who were also in pursuit of the versatile athlete. Mickey averaged 25.5 points and 11 rebounds per game as a high school senior, showing the ability to play multiple positions on the floor and score in a variety of ways - shooting over 55% from the floor and nearly 40% from three in his final prep season. He is capable of creating his own shot of the dribble - something the Frogs lacked last season - and is an excellent defender and rebounder. He will certainly have the opportunity to earn minutes early with Noi gone and Lat Mayen coming off of injury.
Dixon has done good work filling several roster holes - and with Desmond Bane’s NBA decision still in flux, there could be one more opening as well. Pearson and Kennedy join signees PJ Fuller, Diante Smith, and Francisco Farabello in the class of 2019.