One of the best games for the TCU men on Monday night came off the bench.
Kenrich Williams, a sophomore forward from Waco, had nine points, 10 rebounds, an assist and a block in the win against Washington State.
It’s only been two games, but the transfer from New Mexico Junior College is providing one example of the bench power the Horned Frogs think they might be developing as they head into their third game Thursday night.
“I think we’re solid,” said coach Trent Johnson, whose team faces New Orleans (1-0). “Versus certain people, we have the capabilities to play a lot of guys. I think we’re solid. That’s what we are right now.”
Williams is averaging 10 points and nine rebounds. He also has four blocks. He looks confident and smooth, and he’s able to play two front-line positions.
“We going to annoint him?” Johnson said and sniffed.
But he agreed. Williams is the kind of player Johnson hopes he finds more of.
“He’s got a nose for the ball. He’s very coachable. He’s got some toughness,” Johnson said. “But it’s early. Nobody knows anything about Kenrich; there will be some adjustments made. But he’s around the basketball. I love guys like him. The only thing that matters to him is winning. He doesn’t care about where he plays, he appreciates everything about TCU, you don’t hear him complaining about anything – that’s refreshing.
“We all know college athletes. A lot of them aren’t like that. This kid is everything a caoch wants.”
The Horned Frogs are 2-0, and Johnson has been generally pleased with everybody.
“In general, and it’s early — it’s early — but I think in general, this is a group of guys that plays for each other, and one of the things that I constantly talk about is that when this thing gets tough, you’ve got to stay the course,” he said. “And when it gets easy, and it never gets easy, you’ve got to play this thing the right way and stay the course. Because right now, they’re 2-0, they beat a Pac-12 team, to go out there and get caught up in what everybody else is going to stay. I mean, my goodness – have we arrived? I don’t think so. They understand that.”