Over the last four years, we have very likely watched the best TCU Basketball player to come through the program in its long history. At the very least, he’s the most decorated.
For the first time in the Horned Frogs’ eight year history as a member of the Big 12 Conference, they have a first team, all-league player, as senior guard Desmond Bane received that honor on Sunday.
The Richmond, Ind., native ranked second in the conference with a scoring average of 16.6 points per game. He ranked sixth in assists (3.9) and 10th in rebounding (6.3) to become the only player that ranked in the top 10 in the Big 12 in points, rebounds and assists.
Bane was the league’s best 3-point shooter with an accuracy of 44.1 percent and 2.9 made 3-pointers per game, both tops in the Big 12. He scored 20 or more points 12 times, the most in the conference, and was one of eight Big 12 players to score 30 or more points in a game this season.
The Frogs’ all-time best three point shooter, with 247 makes, ranked third in scoring (1.768 points) and fourth in field goals made (652). He was a second team selection last season and a preseason first team member. Bane was also named Player of the Week after scoring 22 points at Iowa State and 23 in TCU’s upset of no. 2 Baylor. In addition to his big game against the Bears, Bane had 27 in knocking off a ranked Texas Tech team, one of 12 20+ point games on the season. He scored at least 12 points in 16 of the Frogs’ 18 conference games. He is TCU Basketball’s winningest player across their long history.
For the season, Desmond shot 45% from the field, 44% from three, and 80% from the line. He added 6.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game, and had four double-doubles. He is also one of the best human beings to come through TCU Athletics and an incredible leader on and off the court for Jamie Dixon and the Horned Frogs.
Bane was joined on the first team by Jared Butler (Baylor), Kristian Doolittle (Oklahoma), Devon Dotson (Kansas) and player of the year Udoka Azubuike (Kansas).
The Frogs are the No. 7 seed in next week’s Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Kansas City, Mo., and will play No. 10 seed Kansas State on Wednesday at 8 p.m. on ESPNU. TCU Basketball likely needs a couple of wins next week to earn an NIT berth, which we should all be rooting for, as it means another shot to see Des play on his home floor.