It’s on to the Pac-12 for former TCU Horned Frogs center Eddie Lampkin. The big man is committed to the Colorado Buffaloes, according to a report by CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.
Lampkin entered the transfer portal very soon following the season, a week after he did not join the team for the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City. Shortly after his no-show in KC, rumors of alleged mistreatment in the program started to circle from Lampkin’s camp.
At 6-foot-11, and averaging 6.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, Lampkin will land on his feet given his raw talent and size. But reaching his potential on a consistent basis remains something that has not yet happened for the big man.
During the 2021-22 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. 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.
The former Horned Frogs’ center also reportedly was a catalyst for drama in TCU’s locker room, albeit something 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 as part of his situation in Fort Worth as well.
This decision to transfer to Colorado also officially ends some other speculation. Hours after Ed Cooley left Providence for the head coaching job at Georgetown, it was reported that Lampkin was joining Cooley in D.C. However, Lampkin quickly took to Twitter to refute that report, saying he’s still, “100% uncommitted.” Now that no longer is the case, but with a different school.