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TCU’s Johnson makes ‘disappointing’ decision to suspend guard

TCU forward Charles Hill Jr. has been suspended from the basketball program. Star-Telegram .
TCU forward Charles Hill Jr. has been suspended from the basketball program. Star-Telegram . Special to the Star-Telegram

TCU coach Trent Johnson said he had to make a disappointing decision to suspend junior guard Charles Hill Jr.

Johnson announced the suspension, termed indefinite, on Thursday for “conduct unbecoming of a TCU men’s basketball player.”

Johnson declined to elaborate on the conduct. Hill did not play Wednesday night when the Horned Frogs lost their seventh consecutive game 66-43 at Texas.

“Any time I have to make a decision like that, it’s disappointing,” Johnson said. “But again, I just want to leave it at that.”

Hill, a junior who played at Fort Worth Trimble Tech, appeared in 14 games, averaging 2.6 points and 1.2 rebounds. He had a season-high 13 points in the second half of an overtime loss at West Virginia, but since has scored only two points and collected three rebounds and two assists.

Because the suspension is indefinite, Hill could return this season.

The Horned Frogs have seven games left in the regular season, plus a game in the conference tournament, and more if they win.

The next game is at home Saturday against Oklahoma State.

Johnson said accountability will be important the rest of the season.

“Is it hard to keep your team positive without results?” he said, repeating a question after the Texas game. “They understand why we’re getting beat. We’re not playing very well. We’re not rebounding, we’re not shooting. In terms of me getting them to believe without results, I’m not a big false confidence guy. If we rebound well, we have a chance to be successful. If we shoot the ball well, we have a chance to be successful.

“I’m not really worried about keeping them confident. That goes back on them a little bit.”

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7407

Twitter: @calexmendez

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