TCU Basketball has been active on the transfer market this spring, signing several talented players that will be available to them a season from now. But with the loss of several of their own players via transfer and the graduation of a pair of key contributors, it was crucial for Jamie Dixon to find a couple of experienced guys who could get on the court right away.
He did just that, taking a pair of graduate transfers - one locally from UTA and the other from George Mason University.
Edric Dennis is a 6’3” DeSoto native who began his career at Hill College, where he earned honorable mention all-conference honors across nine starts, averaging 9.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. He then transferred to Jackson State, starting 26 of 29 games, with 14.1 points per game to go along with four rebounds and two assists. After sitting out a season after heading to UTA, Dennis was the Mavericks’ second leading scorer with 14.3 points per game, to go along with 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He had two games where he dropped 30+, starting 19 games over the season.
Joining Dennis is George Mason’s Jaire Grayer, a native of Flint Michigan who played his final season of high school hoops at IMG Academy. Grayer’s father played in the NBA for ten seasons, and his mother starred at the University of Detroit. Jaire himself had a successful run for the Patriots, averaging 11 points per game in his career to go along with 5.3 rebounds. A career 35% shooter from beyond the arc, Grayer was hitting over 40% of his three point attempts before a foot injury cut his senior season short and led to him exploring the graduate transfer market.
At 6’5” and 200 pounds, Grayer is a big guard who can shoot from anywhere on the floor, and should be a nice complement to Desmond Bane - who announced his return to TCU over the weekend after exploring the NBA Draft process. He’s also capable of filling it up, with career highs of 25 points and five threes made.
TCU now has signed five freshmen, two graduate transfers, and two players that will sit out a season in this class. They are expected to have six returning scholarship players, with Bane, RJ Nembhard, Kendric Davis, Lat Mayen, Kevin Samuel, and Russell Barlow all set for the 2019-2020 campaign.