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Roster Preview: TCU 21-22 Basketball

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Men’s and Women’s Basketball Roster Updates

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TCU recently has added many top transfers to their rosters, both on the men’s and women’s teams. With these roster changes and support to the talent already within the teams, TCU looks to bounce back and have a better season than the last.

2020-2021 Season

Starting with the women’s basketball team, while they managed to squeak out a positive home record, they only went 1-8 away. Coupled with their slightly positive record at home left the Lady Horned Frogs with a disappointing 4-14 conference record.

Next, the men’s team ended with a slightly better overall record, 12-14 compared to 10-15. However, they lost more at home, with a losing record of 6-7 and an away record of 3-6. Overall, TCU had their work cut out for them this past offseason, and their actions reflect a promising year ahead.

Women’s Basketball Roster

TCU’s roster includes 11 returning players, four incoming first-year students, and two top-tier transfers. The Women additions include Tara Manumaleuga (Arizona), Okako Adika (Butler), Mariah Roberts (Martin HS), Paige Bradley (Bishop Lynch HS), Evie Goetz (Guyer HS), and Daija Turner (Village Christian Academy).

TCU’s two top transfers this off-season are Tara Manumaleuga and Okako Adika. Manumaleuga is a junior transfer from Arizona. Manumaleuga started competing internationally at just 12 years old, playing for the New Zeland U17 Team at the 2018 FIBA World Cup. She shoots at an above-average three-point percentage of 46.6%, making her a strong player out on the perimeter. With the skillset of Manumaleuga outside the paint, she will help give TCU more deep shot opportunities to get ahead or catch up.

Second, TCU added Okako Adika – a senior transfer from Butler – after spending one year there, previously transferring from Odessa College. At Butler, she earned First-Team All-American honors and ranked 13th overall in scoring in the Big East. Adika shoots at an impressive field overall percentage of 48.5% as well as 44.6% three-point range. Both averages combine to make her a double threat from anywhere on the court. Adika is a matchup nightmare against any opponent.

Men’s Basketball Roster

The TCU Men’s basketball team has gone through the most changes since last season, adding eight new players to their roster. TCU’s roster additions include Emanuel Miller (A&M), Cashius McNeilly (A&M), Damion Baugh (Memphis), Maxwell Evans (Vanderbilt), Micha Peavy (Texas Tech), Shahada Wells (UT Arlington), Xavier Cork (Western Carolina), and Souleymane Doumbia (Navarro College).

Emanuel Miller is TCU’s first notable transfer, an incoming Jr from Texas A&M. Miller ranks seventh in the SEC in points per game, 16.2, and 21st nationally as a power forward on Rivals.com. In addition, he has a staggering field goal percentage of 57.1%, placing him as the top shooter in the SEC. Miller is the Horned Frogs’ top recruit this offseason and will help the TCU basketball program rebound this season.

The second notable transfer, Cashius McNeilly, also comes from Texas A&M. The pair of A&M transfers come from the same hometown of Scarborough, Ontario, and even played at the same high school. Although McNeilly did not play for the 2020-2021 season, coming in, he was a 31st nationally ranked shooting guard and shot an impressive 50% at three-point range. His outside shooting threat will instantly round out TCU’s offensive capabilities and make them a decent threat for the upcoming season.

The last notable transfer for TCU is the former Red Raider, Micha Peavy. Peavy signed to Tech as a four-star recruit and ranked as the No. 2 prospect in Texas and 32nd nationally. Starting this season as a sophomore guard, Peavy will lay a good foundation for the rest of the team. He will shine best assisting and getting the ball into the other playmaker’s hands.

Looking Ahead

The 2021-2022 Men’s basketball season will start November 9 and run through March 6, with the women’s schedule starting at around the same time. Although the schedules for both teams have yet to be released, the TCU Horned Frogs look to be a more competitive program in the coming 2021-2022 season in the Big 12 and potentially further.

For more information on TCU sports, check out our website!

When released, the 21-22 men’s schedule can be found here!

When released, the 21-22 women’s schedule can be found here!

Written by Campus Live intern Hudson Gregg

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