Less than a month before the start of official practices, two reserve players for the TCU men’s basketball team have transferred.
Coach Trent Johnson said guard Hudson Price is going to UNC-Charlotte, where his father, Mark Price, became head coach, and that center Link Kabadyundi is going to Blinn College in search of more playing time.
The moves and their impact were examined in a report this week by FrogsOWar.com of the SB Nation network.
Price’s playing time came down significantly last season, and he averaged 2.8 points. Kabadyundi came to TCU from Canada as a 7-foot-1 developmental center and played in only 16 games, averaging 4.3 minutes.
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“It’s a surprise, but we wish him the best,” Johnson said of Price, the son of former NBA player Mark Price. “Hudson’s family oriented, real close to his family. He basically said he wanted to go home and thought he’d stick it out. Surprised all of us. Timing’s not perfect. That’s just what it is.
“Link’s situation, he wanted to go somewhere where he could play more. That was it.”
Hudson’s family oriented, real close to his family. He basically said he wanted to go home and thought he’d stick it out. Surprised all of us.
Coach Trent Johnson on Hudson Price
A third player, Charles Hill Jr., transferred at the end of the season to Tarleton State. He had been suspended by Johnson in February, but Johnson said he remained close to the program.
“Charles came by the other day and watched us run the mile,” Johnson said. “He looks good, feels good. He’s happy.”
Also, senior guard Christian Gore opted not to return to the team, in part because he is graduating in December.
Johnson said the Horned Frogs continue to monitor forward Kenrich Williams’ progress following two knee procedures, and there is consideration that more treatment may be necessary.
“It’s one of those deals where he could play in pain and play like he played last year, or he can go back and get it cleaned up,” Johnson said.
Williams, a 6-foot-7 junior from Waco, was third in the Big 12 in offensive rebounds and fifth in all rebounds. He led TCU in rebounding in nine games.
TCU begins basketball practice Oct. 2 with key additions Lyrik Shreiner, Malique Trent and Jalon Miller expected to be immediate or nearly immediate contributors.
They join a veteran core of returning starters Karviar Shepherd, Chris Washburn, Williams and Devonta Abron, who helped the Horned Frogs to an 18-15 season a year ago.
The season begins Nov. 13 against Southeastern Louisiana with a home game at the renovated Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena.