TCU basketball: Jaylen Fisher update, 2019 class signed

Jaylen Fisher is close to returning to the TCU men’s basketball team. He almost played against Fresno State on Thursday night, but opted to give his knee more rest.

“We’re close. It’s his call,” coach Jamie Dixon said after TCU’s 77-69 victory to improve to 3-0.

“The doctors have cleared him. He’s got to feel comfortable. The history is what he’s fighting through right now. I know he’s anxious and he’s ready, just didn’t feel as good today.”

The history Dixon is referring to is Fisher’s injuries. Fisher sustained a meniscus injury last January that ended his sophomore season, and underwent arthroscopic surgery on the same knee (right) in September.

Before last season, Fisher had surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee. As a freshman, Fisher broke his left wrist during the NIT tournament.

Fisher, who averaged 12.3 points in 17 games last season, has been progressing in practice though. He’ll be a welcomed return when healthy.

“He’s just another huge threat for us,” senior point guard Alex Robinson said. “He’s really good at getting in the lane, finding the open guy and shooting the 3. He’s going to be a huge piece for us when he gets back.”

2019 Class

TCU has the makings of being competitive for the long haul as Dixon landed another standout class in 2019.

The Frogs signed three players ranked in the Top 100, including guards Francisco Farabello and P.J. Fuller and forward Diante Smith. It’s the 15th-best class in the country, according to 247Sports.

Farabello, a 6-foot-2 guard from Argentina who plays for the NBA Global Academy in Canberra, Australia, is rated as a four-star recruit and the No. 93 player in the country.

Fuller is the No. 63 overall player and the sixth-best shooting guard. The four-star recruit is playing for Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada.

Smith, a 6-foot-6 forward from Fort Walton Beach, Florida, is the No. 96 player in the country. He averaged 17.5 points and 6.8 rebounds as a junior at Choctawhatchee High School.

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