New Mexico JC guard becomes TCU’s third 2015 commitment

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With guard Lyrik Shreiner and forward Jalon Miller having already committed to joining the program next season, TCU head coach Trent Johnson added another player on Saturday. 6-foot-2 guard Malique Trent, who played last season at New Mexico JC, verbally committed to the Big 12 program after taking an official visit this weekend. News of Trent’s commitment was first reported by Andrew Felts of Frogs O’ War.

Trent began his college career at Norfolk State but sat out the 2013-14 season as a redshirt, meaning that he’ll have three years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2015-16 season.

At New Mexico JC Trent averaged 16.0 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, shooting 44.2 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from beyond the arc. That latter percentage is something that can help TCU next season, as the Horned Frogs struggled with perimeter shooting in 2014-15. While TCU’s overall field goal percentage of 43.7 percent ranked fourth in the Big 12, they were eighth in the conference on three-point shooting (32.7 percent).

TCU will have to account for the loss of its top two scorers while preparing for the 2015-16 season, with Kyan Anderson and Trey Zeigler both out of eligibility. Anderson averaged 13.4 points and 4.3 assists per game in 2014-15, with the well-traveled Zeigler adding 10.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest.