Leading up to the opening of the 2021-22 Big 12 Men’s basketball season Heartland College Sports will analyze each of the Big 12 men’s basketball rosters. Today it’s the TCU Horned Frogs.
2020-21 Season-Ending Roster (bold denotes returning for 2021-22): F Eddie Lampkin Jr. (6-foot-11), G Mike Miles Jr. (6-2), F Mickey Pearson (6-7), G Francisco Farabello (6-3), G PJ Fuller (6-4), F Chuck O’Bannon (6-6), G Taryn Todd (6-5), G Dylan Arnette (6-3), F Terren Frank (6-8), C Kevin Samuel (6-11), G RJ Nembhard (6-5), F Jaedon LeDee (6-9), G Harrison Young (5-11), G Owen Aschieris (6-2), F Kevin Easley Jr. (6-7).
Left for pro basketball: Nembhard.
Left due to eligibility: None.
Left program to transfer: Arnette (Western New Mexico), Aschieris (TBA), Easley (Duquesne), Frank (Vanderbilt), Fuller (Washington), LeDee (San Diego State), Pearson (Ball State), Samuel (Florida Gulf Coast), Smith (South Alabama), Todd (New Mexico),
Joined program via transfer: G Damion Baugh (Memphis), F JaKobe Coles (Butler), F Xavier Cork (Western Carolina), G Max Evans (Vanderbilt), F Emanuel Miller (Texas A&M), G Micah Peavy (Texas Tech), G Shahada Wells (UT Arlington).
Class of 2021 Recruits: C Souleymane Doumbia (7-foot), Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas; G Darius Ford (5-10), Dunbar High School, Fort Worth, Texas; G Brandon Childress (6-4), Vista Ridge High School, Cedar Park, Texas; G Cole Despie (6-3), Bellarmine Prep, San Jose, California.
Potential starting lineup: Miles, O’Bannon, Wells, Lampkin, Peavy.
Why?: TCU experienced an insane amount of turnover, so the starting lineup I expect could be completely off. But, Miles and O’Bannon feel like the two locks, given the continuity they would provide. Miles has the potential to make a star turn in the Big 12 in 2021-22 and potentially prepare himself for the NBA Draft. Peavy comes to Fort Worth after a solid season at Texas Tech where he probably went a bit under-utilized. Wells was a high scorer down the interstate at UTA. Lampkin is the huge gamble here. He’s 6-foot-11, but his physical transformation this offseason was incredible, and I think head coach Jamie Dixon gives one of his few holdovers first dibs on replacing Samuel.
The bench: Farabello, Baugh, Coles, Miller, Evans, Cork.
Why? This bench is incredibly fluid. Some of these guys may start from game-to-game. Evans had a great season in the SEC last year, so the competition in the Big 12 won’t put him off. Coles is coming off an injury, so his status will need to be monitored. Watch for Baugh to compete with Farabello for point guard minutes. Coles is a bit of an unknown, but he averaged six points in six games before an injury. Cork averaged nearly 13 points for Western Carolina before transferring. He could push for starter’s minutes.
The wild card: Doumbia. Junior college transfers don’t typically make a lot of noise their first year in Division I. But you can’t coach his height and the Horned Frogs have a need for depth in the front court.
By Big 12 Play?: TCU is the program that has the most question marks. Dixon lost two-thirds of his roster to transfer and, aside from Miles and O’Bannon, is basically starting from scratch. November and December will be all about finding the right chemistry. By Big 12 play, Miles is the only player I feel absolutely confident will be in the starting lineup.
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