TCU’s former top scorer leaves program

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After seeing his playing time and production decrease under a new staff, TCU junior Malique Trent has left the program, the school announced Tuesday.

“We wish Malique the best of luck and thank him for his contributions to the TCU program,” Horned Frogs coach Jamie Dixon said, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Trent was the Frogs’ top returning scorer after he posted 11.6 points per game last season, but has been marginalized in the rotation under Dixon, who replaced Trent Johnson last spring. Trent went from 28.4 minutes per game last year and making 27 starts, to 12.3 minutes and three starts this year. He was averaging just 3.8 points per game and shooting 35.7 percent from the floor.

The 6-foot-2 guard joined the program last year after a stint in junior college. Dixon has been employing freshmen Jaylen Fisher and Desmond Bane frequently in the backcourt while Trent played double-digit minutes just once in the last month and did not see the floor last week against Kansas.

The Horned Frogs, who are 11-2 overall and 0-1 in the Big 12, face Oklahoma at home Tuesday night.