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Jamie Dixon Ready For The ‘New Era’ of College Basketball

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Jamie Dixon’s TCU Horned Frogs took a beating in the transfer portal. No Big 12 team lost more players and had to sign more players to replace them.

But Dixon is evolving his coaching and recruiting style to fit what he calls college basketball’s “New Era.”

“I’ve embraced it,” Dixon said at Big 12 Media Day on Wednesday. “We haven’t been in the transfer mode at TCU. The type of school we were, transfers were not the way I thought we would go. I had one transfer in 17 years at Pitt. Things have changed. Our thing (at Pitt and TCU) was developing guys for four years. It’s a new era, it’s a new time and now I’ve embraced it. We certainly did this summer.”


Among the players the Horned Frogs lost to the transfer portal was forward Kevin Samuel, a three-year starter. In addition, R.J. Nembhard left for the NBA and signed a two-way contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The only notable returnee is guard Mike Miles, who was an All-Big 12 freshman last year and played on the USA Under-19 team overseas this summer, a team coached by TCU head coach Jamie Dixon.

Dixon had to work the transfer portal relentlessly and he came away with some solid players that could help the Horned Frogs improve this season, including guard Damion Baugh (Memphis), forward JaKobe Coles (Butler), forward Xavier Cork (Western Carolina), guard Max Evans (Vanderbilt), forward Emanuel Miller (Texas A&M), guard Micah Peavy (Texas Tech) and guard Shahada Wells (UT Arlington).

The Horned Frogs are coming off an 12-14 season, during which the Horned Frogs lost to Kansas State in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament.

Miles was selected honorable mention to the  All-Big 12 Preseason Team. The coaches selected the Horned Frogs No. 8 in the Big 12 Preseason Poll.

The Horned Frogs open the regular season at home on Nov. 11 against McNeese State. 

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