TCU Participates In Big 12 Media Day Tuesday
Oct. 22, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU made its annual appearance at the Big 12 Men's Basketball Media Day Tuesday when it traveled to the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
During the course of the day, the Frogs met with numerous national, regional and local media outlets in Kansas City, while Shepherd also appeared on the Big 12 Digital Network with correspondent Wendell Barnhouse during the morning session.
Coach Johnson's Press Conference Quotes
But we've got a good group of old and new. We have two seniors in Thomas Montigel and Jarvis Ray. The young freshmen, Karviar Shepherd, Hudson Price, Brandon Parrish, Michael Williams, they're all good, quality players, good kids. And the continued development of Kyan Anderson and his leadership ability has been very impressive up to this point.
Like I said earlier, for us, and me in year two, I'm excited in my own way. I think we have an opportunity, like I said, if we can get healthy and remain healthy, we have a chance to be a pretty good basketball team this year."
Coach, was it an easy decision to bring Shepherd here even though he's a freshman?
So it was basically not necessarily my decision, but it was everybody's decision on this basketball team."
I remember you came here last year and kind of -- not downplayed, but I think provided an honest assessment of where you thought your guys were going to be. Now you're saying the bar is a little bit higher. Just talk about this optimism. Do you think you're being undersold a little bit this season?
But my optimism is based off the facts, and the facts are you should shoot the ball better and play at a faster tempo. I understand our scrimmage last year at this time. Scoreless with six minutes to go. This year with 65 to 59. So I shut it down with about seven minutes.
That's where my optimism is based. Amric Fields is huge in this, but he's going to be back when he's back. Is he on schedule, behind schedule? That I don't know. That I don't concern myself with. I concern myself with the guys on the floor now, and the guys in practice. They give me an indication and a chance to be good if we can just stay healthy."
How much momentum have you gained from the recruiting class, from Karviar and the others, kind of how to make your mark from that standpoint? Are you seeing as you go around now off the court that that you are making inroads?
The caliber of basketball we played last year wasn't good, so to get the kind of support we did I thought was very, very encouraging.
Like I said, there are a lot of good players in the state of Texas. The huge thing is it's not a sell, it's a fact. The challenge is to the guys that we're recruiting. Do they have enough courage to come and be part of building a tradition and being part of it. They can go elsewhere and be part of something that's already been established, and that's just a common fact. We've been received pretty well. But the bottom line moving forward is we have to continue to get better players in our program and tougher-minded people in our program, and I really think that's going to happen sooner than later."