TCU women add former Colleyville Heritage standout point guard

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Former Colleyville Heritage point guard Alexia Standish is coming home.

TCU announced Wednesday that Standish will continue her basketball career for the Horned Frogs, after leaving Texas A&M’s program in December.

Ultimately, the decision came down to proximity to home and playing in front of family and friends, she said. After sitting out a year per transfer rules, she will have two years of eligibility, Standish said.

“I wasn’t really planning on playing basketball again until I found my boyfriend was going to be working here, and my family is here and I missed them, so my dad threw that option out there and I thought about it, and I thought it would be a good option to be close to my family and friends and get to play basketball again,” Standish said.

Her decision to quit A&M’s squad came from differences between her and the Aggies coaching staff, she said.

“I’m excited to be playing for TCU now,” the 5-foot-8 point guard said. “They seem like a great program with great people and great coaching staff, and it fits more of my type of player personnel.”

Standish committed to A&M shortly after her sophomore year, before the Aggies won a national championship and moved to the Southeastern Conference. That move meant no league games around the Metroplex that would have allowed Standish’s family and friends to easily attend games.

While TCU was in the mix of teams interested in Standish in 2011, its former standing in the Mountain West Conference did not appeal to the nation’s No. 30 recruit and sixth-ranked point guard.

The Horned Frogs’ recent move into the conference that initially had Standish’s heart made the move a much easier decision, Standish said.

“It seems like they’re building, and I’m really excited to be a part of that building,” she said.

As a freshman at A&M, Standish played in 34 games, starting 21, and led the Big 12 in 3-point field-goal shooting at 42.7 percent, leading to a spot on the 2012 Big 12 All-Freshman team. Standish averaged 5.8 points per game on the season, but led the team in scoring in the final six games, averaging 12.8 points per game.

The next season, she played just five games before leaving the program.

“When she quit at A&M, my phone rang off the wall of other coaches asking where she was going to play and if she was interested,” her high school coach, Dianna Sager, said. “There’s no question if she wanted to play again she could.”

In her discussions with TCU coach Jeff Mittie, Standish said he has talked about using her at both point and shooting guard.

“One thing I’ve always liked is guards that can score and I’ve liked point guards that can not only distribute but score the basketball,” Mittie said. “I think we’ve got a good group of those, so I think she’ll fit in perfectly at the guard spot for us.”

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