TCU Basketball continues to endure a difficult offseason, as fab favorite Kendric Davis announces Monday morning that he would be leaving the program.
Davis, a four star recruit out of Houston, became a critical piece for the Horned Frogs in his freshman campaign, taking on a larger than expected role as injuries and transfers hit the program hard in his first season on campus. Quickly becoming the team’s sixth man, the 5’11” point guard became known for his hard charging drives to the basket and wicked handles, endearing himself to fans with his emotional play and ability to make tough shots.
We knew we had something special in the young rising star early on, when he drained a pair of clutch free throws late in a preseason game. He would go on to play in all 37 games of the 2018-2019 season, starting two, and averaging 6.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. Davis found a role both in backing up senior point guard Alex Robinson and playing alongside him; he was a human spark plug off the bench and in the lineup for a TCU team that struggled to find its identity offensively at times as players cycled in and out of the lineup.
Big things were expected out of the rising sophomore in the coming year, something he made note of on his twitter page just a few short weeks ago:
As of today I’m officially done with year 1 ✅ can’t wait to see what next year bring already— Kendric Davis (@150__KD) May 10, 2019
He also spoke excitedly about playing for the Horned Frogs with his high school teammate, Jaedon LeDee, who committed to TCU as a transfer after starting his collegiate career at Ohio State.
This is truly surprising news, as there were no indications that Davis was considering going elsewhere - though, there were clear numbers issues in the program, who had 15, now 14, commits for 13 scholarship spots. That means we likely aren’t done with the transfers, yet.
Davis’ departure means the Frogs have just one true point guard on the roster for the coming season, true freshman Francisco Farabello out of Italy. It also means that only one player in left from the class of 2018, center Russell Barlow. With both Kevin Samuel and Desmond bane withdrawing from the NBA Draft process, expectations will still be high in Fort Worth, but this is a big blow to the team’s plans.
Best of luck going forward, Kendric. Your Frog fam will miss you.