TCU's 20 Year Drought Is Over

TCU's 20 Year Drought Is Over

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TCU's 20 Year Drought Is Over

It’s been almost two decades since a TCU Horned Frog basketball player has been invited to the combine with the hopes of being drafted.  It was 1999 to be exact, and Lee Nailon was the 43rd pick of the second round. Before Nailon, it was the well known Kurt Thomas and TCU’s only 1st round NBA draft pick in 1995.  This could be the year the tide starts turning, for TCU’s NBA potential, as  Kenrich Williams prepares to head to the NBA combine next week.  The return of TCU draft pick, Jamie Dixon, to Fort Worth as head coach has completely revamped TCU basketball as we know it.  Not only is TCU a contending basketball team, in one of the toughest conferences in the country, TCU made the NCAA tournament for the first time in 20 years and will likely see the return of producing NBA athletes, this year.

Kenrich Williams, a Waco native (don’t worry Frog fam- he got to Fort Worth as quickly as he could), will participate in the NBA combine next week with the hopes of being selected in the 2018 draft. Kenrich has been a star on the hardwood for TCU since the 2014-2015 season, following his transfer from New Mexico Junior College. If you didn’t get a chance to watch him play in purple, you missed out.  Kenrich, also lovingly known to Frog faithful as Kenny Hustle, is one of the hardest playing ballers on the court. It was a common scene for TCU fans to see him giving everything he had every minute of the game.

TCU guard Kenrich Williams, right, fights off West Virginia forward Nathan Adrian, left, to come up with a loose ball in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Last month, Kenrich along with teammate  Vladimir Brodziansky received an invitation to play in the Portsmouth Invitational. Each year the P.I.T. invites 64 of the best college basketball seniors to play in a 4-day tournament in front of NBA representatives.  Both had an exceptional showing and Kenrich turned enough heads during that tournament to recieve an invitation to the combine for a closer look. No doubt, Kenny Hustle will only continue to impress the NBA scouts next week, at the combine, just like he has the Frog fan base for the last four years.

Good luck, Kenrich. It’s been an absolute pleasure to watch you play these last few seasons. Riff Ram! Give ’em hell!

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