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TCU center, the former top JUCO prospect in country, looking to transfer?

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TCU men's basketball players explain what it's like to play basketball in a state that is more known for football.
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TCU men's basketball players explain what it's like to play basketball in a state that is more known for football.

Yuat Alok is the latest TCU basketball player on the transfer block, a source confirmed a report by WatchStadium.com.

Alok joins other TCU reserve players Kaden Archie and Angus McWilliam who have decided to enter the NCAA transfer portal midseason.

Alok has been out since breaking his hand in the Dec. 22 game against Charlotte in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii. He wasn’t expected to play again this season, according to a source.

Alok, a 6-foot-11 reserve center, averaged 3.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 13.1 minutes a game in 10 games. He joined TCU as the No. 1 junior college recruit by JUCORecruiting.com.

But Alok has found himself in a backup role with the emergence of Kevin Samuel. Samuel is in the midst of a breakout season as a redshirt freshman, averaging 8.4 points and 6.9 rebounds.

With the departures of Alok and McWilliam, TCU has lost big man depth. McWilliam, who has been dealing with concussion symptoms, is still on campus but is not expected to rejoin the team.

Coach Jamie Dixon said earlier this week that freshman Russell Barlow is still expected to redshirt. Barlow was the No. 36-rated center in the country for the 2018 class.

No. 25 TCU (12-2, 1-1 Big 12) travels to No. 23 Oklahoma (12-3, 1-2) on Saturday. Tip is set for 1 p.m. in Norman, Oklahoma.

TCU basketball coach Jamie Dixon likes the progress his team has made so far in practice. The Frogs start the season on Nov. 7.

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