Everything falling into place for TCU point guard

Posted Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
A

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

As he was falling, back-first, from nearly two stories, a six-year old Kyan Anderson remembers thinking: “OK, from here I don’t know what’s going to happen. All I remember is praying.”

The TCU point guard was sitting on a balcony ledge, watching two friends play one-on-one basketball on a kid’s hoop in Pasadena, Calif., where he was born. One of the kids drove past and swept Anderson’s legs up, sending him plummeting to the ground.

“I remember the drop and looking up and seeing the sky,” said Anderson, who barely had time to scream. The next thing Anderson remembers was waking up as paramedics were pushing him into the emergency room.

Miraculously, Anderson suffered only a few scratches and a sore shoulder and arm, which took the brunt of the fall. No broken bones, no internal injuries, no concussion. In fact, he was only in the hospital a couple days and was playing basketball within a week.

“It was horrifying,” his mother Cheryl Anderson said. “It was more frightening because there was a fire hydrant right next to where he fell. He missed it by an inch. So we were very fortunate.”

When coach Jim Christian left TCU in March of 2012, again, that same feeling hit Kyan: “OK, from here I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

“At first it was a little difficult because he had known coach Christian for so long,” Cheryl Anderson said. Christian had followed Kyan since middle school and was instrumental in Kyan’s decision late in the process to attend TCU instead of Providence.

Among the factors in the switch, was the announcement TCU was moving to the Big East, of which Providence was a member. Another factor was mom struggling with the idea that her eldest of two sons was heading off to a far away place.

“We were elated he decided to stay local,” she said. “I was just heartbroken that he’d be up there by himself. We wouldn’t get to go to many games, if any, because we were both working and we have a younger son.

“We’re very close, it’s just Kyan, his younger brother, myself and his dad. We didn’t want him to be that far away. We didn’t have any family in that area. I was very, very happy he chose TCU.”

Kayden Anderson is a freshman guard at North Crowley High School, where Kyan became a local star for coach Tommy Brakel.

“We were so happy he stayed close so we all could be together,” Cheryl Anderson said. “[Knowing] coach Christian gave him the comfort to go to TCU. He felt very comfortable with coach Christian.”

Christian’s departure after Kyan’s freshman season left a brief void. Christian had put a ton of trust in him as a freshman to lead the team, allowing Kyan to go off script and improvise, partly because of his talent, and perhaps also because of a deficiency of talent with the rest of the team.

“We had plenty of conversations in the locker room,” Kyan said. “[He was] strict with other players but showed faith in me to do what I needed to do.”

After Trent Johnson was hired in April 2012 to replace Christian, the difference in style was obvious to Anderson from the start.

“What he came here and did for the team is exactly what I felt we needed,” Kyan said. “To be a team that was taking everything seriously, especially on the court and academics. He came in here and brought in a new authority and had [players] respect him pretty quick.”

It didn’t take long for Kyan to warm to Johnson. That faith in Johnson from the team, especially Kyan, has helped the Horned Frogs start 8-3 in Johnson’s second season.

Anderson, in particular, has helped fill the scoring void with Amric Fields out with an injury. He’s scored 27 and 25 points in TCU’s last two games and leads the team with 16.1 points and 5 assists per game.

“We talked about being a young man and those are the types of things life throws at you,” Cheryl Anderson said of the coaching change. “You have to be able to take that as a positive.

“And once he got to know coach Johnson, who is totally different than coach Christian, he realized coach Johnson is really out to help develop these kids, not only in basketball, but for life. So he really excelled with that.”

Johnson also trusts Kyan, but requires his point guard to remain more strictly within his offensive system.

“It’s what we needed. It was the best for us,” Kyan said. “You can tell everyone is buying in to what he wants to do. Last year, it was all new and everybody was trying to figure out how is this going to go and didn’t know what to expect.”

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

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?





Friday, November 28Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Friday, November 28Full Scoreboard
Chicago «109Final | Box
Boston102
Golden State «106Final | Box
Charlotte101
New Orleans91Final | Box
Atlanta «100
Milwaukee «104Final | Box
Detroit88
Dallas «106Final | Box
Toronto102
LA Clippers «102Final | Box
Houston85
Orlando83Final | Box
Indiana «98
New York78Final | Box
Oklahoma City «105
Sacramento104Final | Box
San Antonio «112
Phoenix97Final | Box
Denver «122
Memphis «112Final | Box
Portland99
Minnesota «120Final | Box
LA Lakers119
Full Scoreboard
Week 13Full Scoreboard
Thursday
Chicago17Final | Box
Detroit «34Gridiron Replay
Philadelphia «33Final | Box
Dallas10Gridiron Replay
Seattle «19Final | Box
San Francisco3Gridiron Replay
Sunday
San Diego 1:00 PM ET
Baltimore TV: CBS
Cleveland 1:00 PM ET
Buffalo TV: CBS
Tennessee 1:00 PM ET
Houston TV: CBS
Washington 1:00 PM ET
Indianapolis TV: FOX
NY Giants 1:00 PM ET
Jacksonville TV: FOX
Carolina 1:00 PM ET
Minnesota TV: FOX
New Orleans 1:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh TV: FOX
Oakland 1:00 PM ET
St. Louis TV: CBS
Cincinnati 1:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay TV: CBS
Arizona 4:05 PM ET
Atlanta TV: FOX
New England 4:25 PM ET
Green Bay TV: CBS
Denver 8:30 PM ET
Kansas City TV: NBC
Monday
Miami 8:30 PM ET
NY Jets TV: ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Friday, November 28Full Scoreboard
NY Rangers «3Final | Box
Philadelphia0
Chicago «4Final | Box
Anaheim1
NY Islanders2Final | Box
Washington «5
Winnipeg1Final(OT) | Box
Boston «2
Montreal1Final | Box
Buffalo «2
Detroit «5Final(SO) | Box
New Jersey4
Carolina «4Final | Box
Pittsburgh2
Vancouver «5Final | Box
Columbus0
Ottawa2Final | Box
Florida «3
Edmonton3Final(OT) | Box
St. Louis «4
Minnesota «5Final(OT) | Box
Dallas4
Full Scoreboard