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TCU basketball’s Dixon has eye on ‘under-recruited’ parts of Texas

TCU basketball coach Jamie Dixon has signed two players and gotten two more commitments since taking over the program in March.
TCU basketball coach Jamie Dixon has signed two players and gotten two more commitments since taking over the program in March. Special to the Star-Telegram

New TCU coach Jamie Dixon’s first two recruits are from Tennessee and Indiana, but Texas will also get much of his focus, he said Wednesday in a conference call with reporters.

“The state is so big, and there are so many areas that I think are under-recruited,” he said, speaking during a Big 12 coaches call for media. “I’m amazed at the guys that end up at different places, that maybe were not the five-star guys, that are from Texas that go to places and become great players. There’s a lot of those guys out there. You don’t want those guys to slip through the cracks.”

Since being hired in March, Dixon has signed guards Jaylen Fisher of Arlington, Tenn., and Desmond Bane of Richmond, Ind.

Last week, TCU gained a commitment from Houston guard Kendric Davis for the 2018 class.

In May, Montverde (Fla.) Academy forward Kouat Noi committed for the 2017 class. He is a 6-foot-6 player from Australia.

But the work will not slow down. July is a heavy scouting month for basketball, with three five-day evaluation periods beginning July 6, 13 and 20.

“We don’t care where they’re ranked. We want high-character guys that want to get better and are committed to doing so,” Dixon said. “That’s the most important thing we need to do with them these first couple of months. We got the right staff, they’re all here, couldn’t be more excited about the guys we hired. And very excited about the work ethic that has been put in place here.”

Dixon said his family finally joined him in Fort Worth from Pittsburgh now that school is over. That puts another piece in place for him since the transition.

“Getting settled, workouts are going, kids are working hard, getting ready for July recruiting,” he said. “We signed some guys late that I can’t believe we got that good of a player and high-character guys. Really excited about how things are going in this short amount of time.”

The season begins the second week of November. TCU has not released a schedule, but is playing at UNLV on Nov. 25 as part of the Global Sports Classic, according to SBNation’s Chris Dobbertean.

The Horned Frogs' new coach describes what he likes about his first recruits at TCU, guards Jaylen Fisher and Desmond Bane.

Carlos Mendez: 817-390-7760, @calexmendez

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