The 2015-16 TCU women’s basketball team began to take a more defined shape Tuesday with the addition of Ole Miss transfer Toree Thompson.
Thompson signed a financial aid agreement with TCU on Tuesday and will enroll for the spring semester, but she won’t be eligible to play until sometime next season.
The details of when that might be were still being worked out by TCU compliance Tuesday.
The true freshman guard from Broken Arrow High School in Oklahoma said part of her decision to join the Horned Frogs was the chance to play in a Power 5 conference closer to her home.
“I get to be coached by a great coach and directed by a great staff that has a lot of professional experience, and I’ll be exposed to a family-oriented environment with quality people,” Thompson said.
The 5-foot-10 Thompson was Ole Miss’ fourth-leading scorer in 12 games with the Rebels, averaging 6.8 points, and recorded double-digit point totals three times, including a career-high 23 points against Utah on Nov. 28.
At Broken Arrow, Thompson averaged 21.9 points per game during her senior season in 2013-14. She was the 6A state title game MVP and won various Oklahoma player of the year awards.
She was named Miss Basketball Oklahoma opposite TCU men’s freshman guard Chauncey Collins, who picked up the Mr. Basketball Oklahoma award in the same year. Thompson said she is friends with Collins.
“I like everything about the program,” Thompson said of TCU. “I know it’s rebuilding, and I believe in the future of the program and the coaches have a lot of passion. I know they’ll take the program to the top.”
The news comes as TCU prepares for its Big 12 home opener Wednesday against Iowa State (10-2, 1-0).
The Horned Frogs (8-4, 0-1) are coming off a 52-37 loss at Texas Tech.
Iowa State is led by senior guard Nikki Moody, a former Euless Trinity star who is averaging 12.2 points per game and is second in the Big 12 in assists per game at 6.9 and fifth in 3-point percentage at 40.7.
Iowa State holds a 4-2 advantage in the all-time series, which dates to 1986.
Iowa State at TCU
7 p.m. Wednesday, University Recreation Center
Records: TCU 8-4, 0-1 Big 12; Iowa State10-2, 1-0