TCU basketball got some welcome news on Tuesday afternoon when a fifth transfer announced his intent to join the Horned Frogs.
Micah Peavy, a shooting guard from Texas Tech, is coming to Fort Worth.
Texas Tech transfer Micah Peavy announces he’s heading to TCU.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 14, 2021
Peavy was a key player for Texas Tech in 2020-21, starting 25 games for the Red Raiders and contributing 5.7 points on 45.9% shooting from the floor as a true freshman. He also scored seven points and two steals in Tech’s first round NCAA Tournament win over Utah State.
Like several other players at Texas Tech, Peavy entered into the transfer portal once head coach Chris Beard accepted an offer to coach at Texas. Mac McClung entered the portal and is working out for the 2021 draft, while Kyler Edwards and Kevin McCullar both entered the portal before choosing to remain at Tech.
Prior to his time at Tech, Peavy was a star for Duncanville High School, leading them to the 2019 6A State Championship as a junior, and being named the TABC Class 6A Player of the Year as a senior after averaging 19 points and 7.5 rebounds. He and Duncanville seemed en-route to a second state title, before the tournament was cancelled due to COVID-19.
With the mass exodus from TCU’s basketball program - ten players have either declared for the NBA Draft, are exploring NBA options, or have entered the transfer portal - Peavy could seemingly slide into a starting guard role, should he receive immediate eligibility.
Last years transfers were granted automatic eligibility because of the pandemic, but it has yet to be decided whether that will extend to this upcoming season as well.
Peavy joins Damion Baugh from Memphis, Xavier Cork from Western Carolina, Shahada Wells from UT-Arlington, and Maxwell Evans from Vanderbilt in transferring to TCU this offseason, giving the Frogs plenty of fresh faces to replace the slew of contributors on last year’s squad who are now gone.
Peavy still has his redshirt year and three years of eligibility.
As the turnstile in front of TCU’s locker room continues to spin, I’m going to try and track how many scholarships the Frogs have left to offer to another transfer or high school recruit.
Schollys 1-5 —> Mike Miles, Francisco Farabello, PJ Fuller, Chuck O’Bannon, Eddie Lampkin Jr.,
Scholly 6 (Owen Aschieris grad transfer) —> Souleymane Doumbia (JUCO Recruit)
Scholly 7 (RJ Nembhard to NBA) —> Maxwell Evans (Vandy transfer)
Scholly 8 (Diante Smith transfer) —> Shahada Wells (UTA transfer)
Scholly 9 (Jaedon LeDee transfer) —> Xavier Cork (Western Carolina transfer)
Scholly 10 (Kevin Easley Jr. transfer) —> Damion Baugh (Memphis transfer)
Scholly 11 (Mickey Pearson transfer) —> Micah Peavy (Tech transfer)
Scholly 12 (Taryn Todd transfer) —> open
Scholly 13 (Kevin Samuel to NBA) —> open (could possibly still be Samuel in 2021-22).
Scholly 14 (Terren Frank transfer) —> open
“But Jamie, D1 basketball programs are only allotted 13 scholarships.” You’re absolutely right, which is why the numbers are confusing here.
I don’t believe Dylan Arnette was on scholarship, so he’s not on this list above, and I’m not sure if Owen Aschieris was still on scholarship in 2020 after earning one in the back half of 2019. It’s possible he might have received Diante Smith’s once Smith decided to leave the program in which case, Shahada Wells, who is slotted into Smith’s scholarship spot, would slide into Taryn Todd’s.
But, regardless of all that and looking at the numbers now, TCU appears to have just one or two scholarship spots open, depending on whether or not Kevin Samuel makes his way back to campus.
Welcome to the Frog Fam Micah! We’re excited to see you in purple and white.