TCU Basketball continued their late run of solid recruiting over the holiday weekend, earning the pledge of three star guard Taryn Todd, a 2019 signee out of Canada by way of powerhouse Findlay Prep.
Taryn Todd just verbally committed to TCU, per his coach Rodney Haddix.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) May 27, 2019
Todd fills a big need in the backcourt for the Frogs, who lose senior Alex Robinson and desperately need some injury insurance at the guard position. The 6’3”, 170 shooting guard isn’t an especially big player, but has a sweet stroke from just about anywhere on the floor and can fill up the box score. After playing most of his prep ball in Canada, Todd moved to basketball factory Findlay Prep this past season, and after averaging double-digits and being the team’s second-leading scorer, reclassified to the class of 2019.
Todd received heavy interest from Cincinnati and was widely expected to sign with the Bearcats, but Mick Cronin’s departure to LA (ironically) opened the door for TCU. He was also being pursued by Kansas State and Howard, and would have likely attracted more interest had he stayed in school one more season. That option was removed though, when the school lost its partnership with its accreditation house, forcing the school to close its doors.
Todd was a standout at Nike’s EYBL showcase, where he faced off with stars like RJ Hampton and LeBron James, Jr. According to Travis Branham of 247 Sports:
You can’t go into a live period without coaches asking about “sleepers” and coming out of the weekend, Taryn Todd gets my sleeper title not only in 2020, but also in 2019 as he has the option to reclassify. Todd has good size for the position standing 6-3 with long arms, is a very good athlete and can really create shots for himself and his teammates. Offensively, he has an impressive feel and can play either guard position but is at his best when used on the ball. He operates very well in pick and roll situations where he uses his handle and athleticism to slice through the defense. He can finish with his left hand or pick apart defenses with impressive vision and passing ability. Todd is also a capable shot creator and maker on his own and displayed that this weekend breaking down his man and knocking down step-back jumpers. Through his first four games of the Nike EYBL Circuit, he is averaging 20-points per game. Todd’s only two offers are from Kansas State and Southern Illinois.
Todd is the fifth freshman to commit/sign in 2019, joining four star shooting guard PJ Fuller and three stars Francisco Farabello, Diante Smith, and Mickey Pearson. He joins graduate transfer Edric Dennis, who crosses the metroplex from UTA, where he averaged 14.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game as a junior. Fellow transfers Kevin Easley, Jr (Tennessee Chattanooga) and Jaedon LeDee (Ohio State) will be eligible in 2020 after sitting out a season due to transfer rules.