TCU basketball junior forward Amric Fields is “probably done for the year,” TCU coach Trent Johnson said Monday.
Johnson said he alerted the team of this decision three days after the Horned Frogs returned from their 65-53 loss to Kansas State, the last game Fields played.
“It just puts him in too much jeopardy in terms of the physical nature of play,” Johnson said. “He was dragging that leg around and basically playing on one leg a week ago. My gut feeling is right now is that he’s done for the remainder of the year.”
Fields has had trouble with his knee since he injured it in November 2012 and missed the rest of the season.
Fields played in 18 of the Horned Frogs’ 28 games, ranking second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.1 points per game.
So far this season, 10 TCU players have missed a game, including six who are out for the season. Only Kyan Anderson, Jarvis Ray, Brandon Parrish and Christian Gore have played in every game this season. TCU is one of four Division I schools that has had five or more players miss games.
Anderson, a junior guard from North Crowley, averages 16.6 points per game.
“These guys, led by Kyan, have been pretty reliant,” Johnson said. “We try to stay positive and they try to stay positive and keep moving things forward, not worrying about who’s injured, just the next opponent.”
Self, Ford deny quote
Kansas coach Bill Self and Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford denied supplying or sharing quotes that claimed Kansas would cut down the nets at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Saturday had Kansas beat OSU.
“That was disturbing, seeing that,” Self said. “I don’t know where he got that information and that’s not for me to answer, but certainly, it’s 100 percent false. There was never one thing uttered about ever doing something on someone else’s floor.”
Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart told ESPN in a postgame news conference that he had been told Kansas would celebrate on the Cowboys’ home court had they won to clinch the Big 12 title.
Turns out KU didn’t need the victory over Oklahoma State because losses by Iowa State and Texas gave the Jayhawks their 10th consecutive conference championship.
“Well, you know, before the game, the coaches showed us a quote,” Smart said. “Bill Self said he was coming here, cutting down our nets and he was going to win it outright in Stillwater and we couldn’t let that happen in our house.”
Said Ford: “There was no quote that we showed them that he said that. None whatsoever. We did talk about what they were playing for. They mentioned it after their game before us that we did not want them to celebrate in our gym. We knew what they had at stake, but we never mentioned anything about cutting down any nets or anything like that.”