As an offense, TCU has done a solid job of sharing the basketball through its first two games under new men’s coach Jamie Dixon.
The Horned Frogs (2-0) have six players scoring in double figures heading into Friday’s matchup against Jacksonville State at 6 p.m. in Schollmaier Arena. Four of five starters average at least 12 points per game and the lone exception is guard Malik Trent (5.5), the team’s top returning scorer from last season.
In addition, guards Alex Robinson (11.5) and Brandon Parrish (11.0) have been key contributors off the bench while logging more minutes than most starters. The goal, said Dixon, is to get maximum involvement throughout the lineup and lots of people looking to set up baskets for teammates.
That is why Dixon was pleased the Frogs dished out a season-high 29 assists on the 37 field goals they made in Monday’s 98-62 rout of Alabama State. The school record for single-game assists is 43 and the total against Alabama State was TCU’s most in any game since 2004.
“The ball movement was great. So we’re excited about that,” Dixon said. “From Day One, our spacing is something we’ve really emphasized. I think we have got guys that can find the open guys.”
Topping that list are the team’s point guards, freshman Jaylen Fisher and Robinson, a transfer from Texas A&M. Each player doled out eight assists in Monday’s game, often while spending time on the floor in the same lineup. Fisher, the highest-rated recruit in program history, has averaged 13 points and a team-high 7.5 assists through his first two college games.
“They’re two of our better players, so you play your best guys. I’ve always liked to play with two point guards,” Dixon said.
It is possible that the point guards will have more available targets in Friday’s game. Dixon indicated he is hopeful that two players who have missed the first two games with injuries, veteran guards Kenrich Williams (lower leg) and Michael Williams (ankle), could return against Jacksonville State (1-2). In addition, TCU has been working with the NCAA Clearinghouse to get approval for Kouat Noi, a freshman forward from Australia, to take the floor for the first time in a college game.
Asked if the trio could play Friday, Dixon said: “I think so. I think that’s what we’re shooting for.”
TCU men vs. Jacksonville State
6 p.m. Friday, Schollmaier Arena, FSSW Plus