TCU senior guard Desmond Bane had a message for the second-ranked Baylor men’s basketball team when the Horned Frogs pulled off the home upset Saturday afternoon.
With the Horned Frogs leading 60-55 in the second half, Bane crossed over Baylor’s Freddie Gillespie before stepping back and draining a long 3-pointer to help cement one of the biggest victories in the history of TCU’s men’s basketball program. After knocking down the shot, Bane turned around and let the Bears know about it.
Desmond Bane just shook the ESPN broadcast along with Gillespie pic.twitter.com/jxMW7VaoZM— Sports Analytics 24/7 (@SA247LLC) February 29, 2020
The cold-blooded triple, in addition to the hilarious reaction from the TCU bench, drew reactions from many people online including Golden State Warriors All-Star and three-time NBA Champion Draymond Green, who was clearly impressed with Bane’s performance.
This Kid Bane going Crazy!!!! “I’m like dat”— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) February 29, 2020
The 2019-20 season has been tough for Bane and the Horned Frogs, but their 16-13 record now includes three victories over top-20 programs. An upset over top-ranked Kansas and a deep run in the Big 12 Championship could save the slim chance that TCU has of reaching the NCAA Tournament for the second time under head coach Jamie Dixon.
While the team has struggled, Bane remains one of the top shooting guard prospects in the 2020 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-6 senior is shooting nearly 43 percent from 3-point range on his career, and although his playmaking has been inconsistent, there’s no question he can find a shooting role on an NBA bench somewhere.
Desmond Bane (@DBane0625)— Derek Murray (@dmurrayNBA) February 29, 2020
6-6 215 G TCU
Bane caught fire in H2 this afternoon, leading TCU to a victory against #2 Baylor. He's cementing himself as a top shooting prospect in the 2020 Draft.
Isolation: 97th percentile
Spot up: 89th
Dribble jumpers: 93rd@ProBBallCombine pic.twitter.com/yXrLNVB6sk
Many mock drafts on the Internet have Bane slated to be picked somewhere in the second round. If he’s picked, Bane would become the first TCU player taken in the draft since the Charlotte Hornets grabbed Lee Nailon in the second round of the 1999 NBA Draft.
Bane acknowledged Draymond’s tweet after the game, and if he keeps making plays like he did against Baylor, he’ll be hearing from more NBA players in the future.