TCU men unveil their crop of talented young basketball players

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It seems like they’ve been with the TCU men’s basketball program for a while, but their careers really just begin Friday night.

The Horned Frogs’ talented crop of newcomers make their debut in an exhibition at 7 p.m. Friday against Arkansas-Fort Smith at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Admission is free to the public. The Frogs’ season opener is Nov. 8 against SMU at the American Airlines Center.

Karviar Shepherd, a top recruit who leads the group of six new players, including four freshmen, said playing good defense is the best way to lead.

“I was a leader in high school, so there was nothing much I had to change, but I know there’s other people on the team and they’re leading, too, at the same time,” said Shepherd, a 6-foot-10 center from Dallas Prime Prep.

Guard Jarvis Ray returns to the starting lineup after an injury cut his season short a year ago. He’s expected to start, alongside returning point guard Kyan Anderson (of North Crowley High School) and three freshmen: Shepherd, forward Brandon Parrish and guard Hudson Price.

“I’ve been really, really impressed,” Ray said of his young teammates. “They’ve come in and they’re playing a big role. They play hard and they stick together. It’s just a good feeling to see young guys come in from high school and come together like that.”

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

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