The NCAA basketball Transfer Portal opened on Monday morning and TCU big man Eddie Lampkin didn’t waste any time in getting his name entered into the system.
At 6-11, and averaging 6.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, Lampkin will land on his feet somewhere, but it might not be all the bright lights and fame that he’s hoping it will be.
The former Horned Frogs’ center reportedly was a catalyst for drama in TCU’s locker room, and that’s not all that uncommon in college athletics. Young men and women are morphing into superstars faster than they can adjust, and sometimes it gets to their heads. Apparently, the bright lights got to Lampkin.
Last season, Lampkin and the Horned Frogs stood toe-to-toe with No. 1 seed Arizona in the NCAA Tournament, taking the Wildcats to the wire before losing in overtime, 85-80. Eddie Lampkin played a major role in that game, turning 36 minutes into 20 points and 14 rebounds.
However, he never built upon that performance and didn’t show improvement in 2022-23. About halfway through the 2022 season, Lampkin suffered an ankle injury that would haunt him for the remainder of the year, but he wasn’t making a major impact in games before that point.
Last week, it was reported that Lampkin would not travel to Kansas City for the Big 12 Basketball Tournament, and shortly after rumors of mistreatment in the program started to circle. Lampkin was unhappy about his minutes this season, but when looking at the box scores, it was hard to argue that Jamie Dixon was giving Lampkin plenty of opportunity based on the returns.
Now, 21, Lampkin will test the waters of the transfer portal in hopes of landing somewhere that he can blossom. If he is going to be a player at the next level, it’s going to take a massive year, or two from the sophomore big man.