With the news last night that Connell Crossland was prepared to commit to TCU, Jim Christian‘s recruiting class is beginning to take shape.
Crossland joins Adrick McKinney in the 2011 class. Crossland is a 6’7 wing player from John A. Logan Junior College in Illinois.
Over the last two seasons, Crossland’s game has matured, and his game has continue to improve. He enjoyed terrific success last season when he averaged 17.5 points and 11.5 rebounds. Over the past year, Crossland was contacted by several schools, most notably, San Diego State, Gonzaga, and Memphis among others.
TCU beat out conference foe San Diego State, and now Crossland figures to give Jim Christian key back-court help after the departure of senior Greg Hill and with the status of Ronnie Moss up in the air.
He possesses the ability to score on the interior and outside which make him a versatile threat on the offensive end. He was originally a member of the class of 2009 before deciding to attend junior college. Here is a link to a video highlighting Crossland while he was still in high school:Connell Crossland highlights
TCU now has two commitments, and more are on the way. Ryan Rhoomes remains interested as does Shaquille Stokes, a PG from Lincoln high school. Though Stokes did not make it to TCU to visit last Friday, he remains interested.
If Christian and his staff are able to sign a few more players before the end of the late signing period, TCU will have picked up some much needed depth and physicality.
The Frogs have a good opportunity in 2011-2012. As they make their victory lap in the Mountain West Conference, BYU has lost some key pieces from their 2010-2011 team, and UNLV has seen their head coach leave the program to take the same position at Oklahoma. Moreover, San Diego State stands to lost at least 3 starters, potentially four if Kawhi Leonard departs for the NBA.
As other teams look to rebuild, TCU will look to build upon the crucial experience that many of their players got at the end of last season. Hank Thorns, Nikola Cerina, Garlon Green, and Amric Fields will provide a nucleus for Connell Crossland and Adrick McKinney to fill in around. Depth was missing at times in 2011-2012, but with the loss of only two seniors and the valuable experience that the underclassmen received, TCU is poised to make noise in the Mountain West Conference.
The late signing period begins tomorrow Wednesday, April 13.
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