Keeping up with the Frogs: TCU basketball off-season


David Zalubowski

TCU coach Jamie Dixon waves to the crowd after the team’s first-round college basketball game against Arizona State in the men’s NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 17, 2023, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

By Sederick Oliver, Executive Editor, Image Magazine

After junior guard Mike Miles Jr. declared for the NBA draft days after TCU’s disappointing loss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the Frogs have had a busy off-season.

Despite the star guard’s departure as a potential projected 2nd-round pick, TCU has utilized the transfer portal as it looks to revamp its roster.

Reinforcements are on the way with four 1,000-point scorers in Avery Anderson III, Essam Mostafa, Jameer Nelson Jr. and Trevian Tennyson, who are joining the Horned Frogs for the 2023-24 season.

OSU transfer Avery Anderson III signs with TCU basketball. (Photo courtesy of

Anderson III, who spent four seasons at Oklahoma State, will return home to the Fort Worth area. The 6-3 guard averaged 11.1 points in 22 games last season before an injury cut his senior season short.

Mostafa is a 6-9 center from Cairo, Egypt that spent his last four years at Coastal Carolina, where he accumulated 1,067 points in three seasons played. Last season, Mostafa averaged 12.4 points and led the Sun Belt Conference with 10.0 rebounds per game.

Nelson Jr. is a dynamic 6-1 guard from Haverford, Pennsylvania, and spent the past two seasons at Delaware where he led the Colonial Athletic Association with 20.6 points and 2.4 steals per game last season. Prior to his time at Delaware, he also spent two seasons at George Washington and has totaled 1,454 points in his career.

Tennyson strengthens TCU’s wealth of backcourt, as a 6-4 guard from Arlington, Texas who spent the last two seasons at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. There he led the Islanders in scoring with 15.7 points per game, including 18.6 in Southland Conference games.

Tennyson broke the Texas A&M Corpus Christi school record for most 3-pointers in a season with 100 and shot 40.2 percent from three. In his two seasons as an Islander, Tennyson earned all-conference honors twice, including a spot on the second team last season.

In high school, he starred at Mansfield Legacy where he averaged 24.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

Mansfield Legacy is also home to incoming freshman forward Isaiah Manning, who signed in the fall along with wing Jace Posey from Houston, Texas.

With the much-needed additions, there has also been notable subtractions, such as former TCU big man Eddie Lampkin Jr. and guard Shahada Wells.

After controversy surrounding Lampkin Jr. during the Frogs’ March Madness run, the former fan-favorite signed with Colorado while Wells entered the transfer portal.