Former Butler forward JaKobe Coles officially joined TCU basketball on Wednesday, per a release from Horned Frogs athletics.
Coles will be immediately eligible, and it represents a homecoming for Coles, who went to high school in nearby Denton, Texas.
He’s the ninth player the Horned Frogs have signed since the beginning of the offseason. The Horned Frogs have lost as many players to transfer.
Butler, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 6.3 points and 3.3 rebounds while playing 17.6 minutes per game as a freshman for Butler last season. His scored a season-high 14 points against Providence, but saw his season end shortly after the new year once he suffered a left knee injury. He was only able play six games before he opted to transfer from the Bulldogs.
There’s a prep connection for Coles and current TCU guard Mike Miles. The pair played together on the Texas Titans in 2019 as part of Nike EYBL play. During that tournament, Coles averaged 13.8 points and 7.4 rebounds, helping the Titans go 17-2. At Guyer High School in Denton, Texas, Coles was a third-team All-State selection as a senior, after he averaged 17.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Guyer went 27-5 that season. Coming out of high school he was considered a four-star recruit.
Since the start of the offseason, the Horned Frogs have added guards Damion Baugh, Maxwell Evans, Cashius McNeilly, Emanual Miller, Micah Peavy (formerly of Texas Tech) and Shahada Wells, forward Xavier Cork and center Souleymane Doumbia.
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