TCU Horned Frog Basketball Preview 09-10


TCU has not been really good in basketball since the Kurt Thomas days where he is still only the third player in NCAA history to lead the nation in scoring and rebounding which he accomplished in 1994.  Last year the Horned Frogs had another losing record at 14-17 and losing to Utah in the Mountain West tournament.

This is year two of Jim Christian, and he has his hands full in getting the Horned Frogs back to respectability.  The last winning season was in 2004-05 where TCU won two games in the NIT tournament.   Since then they have been at the bottom of the Mountain West ever since that season.

TCU brought in a huge class with seven players enrolling this year none are ranked nationally at their position, but the hope is that the three star recruits will be able to contribute early.

 

SIGNED LETTER OF INTENT Pos Stars Ht Wt RR Video Hometown
Zvonko Buljan PF   6-9 220 -   Vincennes, IN
Kevin Butler SF 6-6 190 -   Duncanville, TX
Logan Lancon SF 6-6 200 -   League City, TX
Ronnie Moss PG 6-2 190 -   Mendenhall, MS
Gregory Richardson PF   6-8 - -   Dawson CC, MT
Kavon Rose SG 6-2 175 -   Detroit, MI
Edvinas Ruzgas SF   6-6 195 -   Weatherford, TX

The upcoming season the Horned Frogs will be lead by Zvonko Bulgan and he will take them as far as he can. Bulgan averaged 12.3 points, 7.8 rebounds last year.  TCU who had a sub .500 record did beat UNLV for one of their conference victories.  Last years team had a ton of holes which is why the seven man recruiting class was so important for them.

Supporting players who look to take a huge step in improving the Horned Frogs are Seniors Edvinas Ruzgas and Keion Mitchem both should be able to help carry the load with Bulgan, and then there is sophomore Ronnie Moss needs to build on an impressive freshman campaign.

If those three players are able to improve with a year under the new regime then TCU might at least be middle of the pack and potentially finish with a .500 record.

Coach Jim Christian had this to say at MWC media days:

The work ethic has completely changed. The belief has completely changed. When I got the job, I was the only guy in the room who thought we had a chance to win the championship. And now we have some other guys who want to compete and try to win a championship."

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