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TCU men’s basketball signs Arlington Seguin guard Josh Parrish

Josh Parrish, left, averaged 12 points and seven rebounds as a junior last season at Arlington Seguin High School.
Josh Parrish, left, averaged 12 points and seven rebounds as a junior last season at Arlington Seguin High School. Special to the Star-Telegram

Four-star guard Josh Parrish of Arlington Seguin signed with the TCU men’s basketball on Wednesday during the early signing period, joining the team where his older brother also plays.

Josh [Parrish] is a versatile player with the ability to play multiple positions on the perimeter.

TCU men’s basketball coach Trent Johnson

Parrish, a 6-foot-5 guard, is ranked No. 149 in the Rivals 150 and No. 15 in Texas by 247Sports. MaxPreps rates him at four stars, and Rivals rates him at three. He averaged 12.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.2 steals as a junior for the Cougars in high school last season and 10.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists for Urban DFW Elite in the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships in July, TCU said.

TCU coach Trent Johnson said the signing of Parrish was a priority for more than a year.

“Josh is a versatile player with the ability to play multiple positions on the perimeter,” Johnson said in a statement. “We are extremely excited about Josh’s aggressive nature and physical style of play, which will allow him to compete right away.”

Parrish is the younger brother of Brandon Parrish, a junior guard for the Horned Frogs.

The TCU basketball season begins at 8:30 p.m. Friday against Southeastern Louisiana at the University Rec Center. Future games will be played at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center until Dec. 20, when the Horned Frogs make their debut at the newly renovated Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena, formerly known as Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

Women’s signings

Mikayla Christian, a 5-9 guard from Round Rock Vista Ridge, and Ella Hellessey of Australia signed with the TCU women’s basketball team.

On the floor, Mikayla [Christian] has proven to be a tremendous threat from the 3-point line and has continued to grow in her ability to create shots for her teammates. Mikayla’s IQ regarding the game is a great strength of hers.

TCU women’s coach Raegan Pebley

Christian is ranked among the top 25 guards by ESPN and 19th among guards by ProspectNation.com. Hellessey played with the Australian FIBA Oceania Team at the under-16, -17, -18 and -19 levels.

“Off the floor, Mikayla and her family embody so much of what our program is about: unconditionally serve your teammates,” TCU coach Raegan Pebley said in a statement. “On the floor, Mikayla has proven to be a tremendous threat from the 3-point line and has continued to grow in her ability to create shots for her teammates. Mikayla’s IQ regarding the game is a great strength of hers.”

Christian was part of a Vista Ridge team was 34-5 last season and played in the 5A semifinals.

Hellessey, 6-2, shot 68.6 percent and averaged 8.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots in six games at the 2014 FIBA Oceania U18 Championship. She averaged 13.0 points and 9.9 rebounds in 17 games in 2015 with the Southern Peninsula Sharks, an American AAU equivalent.

“She brings a versatility to the post that is highlighted in our system,” Pebley said. “She can play all 94 feet, defend, rebound, finish in the paint, and shoot the 3. I have coached a lot of Aussies during my career and respect how they are taught the game, not just a position on the floor.”

UTA signs PG

UT Arlington signed 5-11 point guard DeMarco Bryant of Sarasota, Fla., to a letter of intent. Bryant, who plays at Riverview High, averaged 13 points, nine assists and five steals as a junior.

Carlos Mendez: 817-390-7760, @calexmendez

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