One of TCU’s top big men no longer with program, ‘exploring other opportunities’

Forward Lat Mayen has left the TCU men’s basketball program.

Mayen is not listed on the 2019-20 roster on TCU’s website, and a source confirmed he’s no longer with the Frogs and is “exploring other opportunities.”

Mayen sustained a season-ending injury to his left knee last season, playing in just 17 games. As a redshirt freshman last year, he averaged 2.1 points and 1.2 rebounds in 7.9 minutes played per game.

He had career highs against West Virginia (1/15/19) with 12 points, six rebounds, three field goals and 26 minutes.

The news of Mayen’s departure isn’t overly surprising. TCU had to trim its roster by one to meet the NCAA’s 13-man scholarship limit. Earlier this summer, TCU had 15 players on its roster but have seen freshman Kendric Davis and now Mayen depart in the last few weeks.

TCU will return just three players that saw significant time from last year’s squad (Desmond Bane, Kevin Samuel and R.J. Nembhard).

The Frogs dealt with a number of injuries last season. Along with Mayen, Yuat Alok broke his hand; Jaylen Fisher had knee issues much of the season; Angus McWilliam battled back and concussion issues. Alok, Fisher, McWilliam, as well as freshman Kaden Archie, all transferred midseason.

Mayen could pursue the transfer route, or turn professional. Mayen is cousins with former TCU standout Kouat Noi, who is earning a six-figure salary by returning to Australia to play in the National Basketball League (NBL).

Mayen, 6-foot-9, 210 pounds, was considered the No. 1 player in the 2017 Australian class and a four-star prospect when he signed with TCU.

Vegas, baby

TCU hasn’t released its full non-conference schedule yet, but it will be playing in the MGM Resorts Main Event from Nov. 24-26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

ESPN released its early season conference tournament schedule, and TCU is one of four programs in that event. The Frogs will take on Clemson at 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 24. The other game is between Colorado and Wyoming.

The third-place and championship games are scheduled for Nov. 26.

Another non-conference game that is known for TCU is a contest against USC at Dickies Arena on Dec. 6.

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