Saturday afternoon TCU landed its first commitment in the Class of 2016, and the Horned Frogs now have a player who should be quite familiar with the program.
6-foot-5 small forward Josh Parrish announced via Twitter that he’ll play his college basketball for Trent Johnson. Parrish is a local product as well, as he attends Seguin HS in Arlington, Texas and played for the Urban DFW Elite grassroots program on the adidas Gauntlet circuit.
“Thanks to all the schools that have ever recruited me, but I am blessed to say I’ve committed to TCU,” Parrish tweeted.
Next season Parrish will join his older brother Brandon, currently a junior guard, on the TCU roster, and he held offers from Fresno State, SMU and VCU. At the adidas Uprising Summer Championships in July Parrish averaged 10.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game, shooting better than 58 percent from the field.
With Parrish’s older brother and Kenrich Williams (who’s out for the season with a knee injury) both being juniors, adding another slasher for the future is something that will benefit TCU from a depth standpoint. TCU has just one scholarship senior (power forward Devonta Abron) on its current roster, but they have room to add a few more players in the Class of 2016.
Last week it was reported that TCU forward Kenrich Williams, who played through knee issues for much of the 2014-15 season, was still struggling with pain after undergoing two separate procedures during the summer. With that being the case Williams had two choices: continue to play through pain or get the issue taken care of.
Thursday it was reported by the Forth Worth Star-Telegram that he’s chosen the latter option and will undergo microfracture surgery on Friday. As a result Williams, who led the Horned Frogs in rebounding last season and is also their most versatile defender, will miss the entire 2015-16 campaign.
And according to head coach Trent Johnson, it took come convincing to get Williams to not rush the process.
Horned Frogs coach Trent Johnson consistently praised Williams’ energy in games last season, and he said Wednesday he had to convince Williams to take the time he needed to return to full health.
“Believe me, he struggled with it,” Johnson said. “Because he’s such a team guy.”
Williams averaged 8.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest last season. While his offense will be missed by a team that has to account for the loss of three of its top four scorers in Kyan Anderson, Trey Zeigler and Amric Fields, it’s on the boards and on defense where Williams’ absence will be felt the most.
Rebounding-wise TCU does return forwards Karviar Shepard and Chris Washburn, who were ranked second and third on the team in rebounding respectively last season. Williams’ injury also opens up more minutes for players such as Brandon Parrish (5.5 ppg) and sophomore Malique Trent.
As a sophomore in his first season with the TCU program in 2014-15, 6-foot-7 forward Kenrich Williams (8.6 ppg) led the Horned Frogs in rebounding by pulling down an average of 6.7 caroms per contest. Williams did this while dealing with knee discomfort, which was supposed to be addressed this offseason, over the final six weeks of the season.
However, after undergoing two procedures on the knee, Williams is still dealing with pain according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. And according to the report, TCU head coach Trent Johnson stated that Williams has two options when it comes to the knee.
Johnson said the Horned Frogs continue to monitor forward Kenrich Williams’ progress following two knee procedures, and there is consideration that more treatment may be necessary.
“It’s one of those deals where he could play in pain and play like he played last year, or he can go back and get it cleaned up,” Johnson said.
In total TCU returns its top three rebounders from last season, with juniors Chris Washburn (5.8 rpg) and Karviar Shepard (5.7 rpg) joining Williams. But there’s also the matter of TCU losing its top two scorers from last season in guards Kyan Anderson and Trey Zeigler, with Williams a clear candidate to add offensive production in 2015-16.
If Williams is at less than full strength, that hinders TCU in multiple areas as they look to compete in the tough Big 12.