Men’s basketball scrimmage builds excitement for players, fans

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Kevin Samuel competes in the dunk contest at the Frog Army Scrimmage on Nov. 2, 2018. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.

Horned Frog basketball fans flocked to Schollmaier Arena for the second annual Frog Army Purple-White Scrimmage Friday.

Those in attendance enjoyed three-point, slam dunk and half-court shot contests to go along with the scrimmage.

The event was a chance for fans to get their first glimpse of this year’s squad and to have some fun while doing so.

“We did something like this at Pitt, and it’s really taken off here,” said head coach Jamie Dixon.

RJ Nembhard (22) dribbles by Owen Aschieris (31) at the Frog Army Scrimmage on Nov. 2, 2018. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.

The evening kicked off with the intrasquad scrimmage. The game consisted of two 12-minute halves and the white team edged purple, 48-44.

Desmond Bane led the way for the white team with 12 points and both Alex Robinson and Kevin Samuel chipped in 11. RJ Nembhard, the game’s leading scorer, had 18 points for the purple team.

“We had a good week of practice, and I think we’ve made some good progress in the last week,” Dixon said of his team. “We just have to keep grinding away.”

Bane also came out on top in the ensuing three-point contest with a score of 17 points. He beat out Kouat Noi, Kendric Davis and Owen Aschieris for the title.

Nembhard continued an impressive afternoon with a victory in the slam dunk contest, tallying 25 and 29 points on his two attempts. Nembhard defeated Kaden Archie, Kevin Samuel and Alex Robinson to win.

The event concluded with a half-court shot contest, where players took shots to win $1,000 dollars for one lucky student. That student was first-year Will Dalgarn, and the shot was made from half-court by a seated Robinson.

Alex Robinson made a half-court shot at the Frog Army Scrimmage to win a student $1,000. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.

“I’ve been doing that shot since I was in middle school,” said Robinson. “It’s more technique than anything, you don’t really have to be that strong.”

While the evening was fun for the players, Robinson said they’re more than ready for the season to start.

“We can’t wait, we’re just counting down,” Robinson said. “Wednesday can’t come soon enough, but we know we have to lock in and treat this game like it’s mid-season.”

Dixon said he’s excited for his players to showcase how much they’ve developed this offseason.

“As a fan, maybe you think a kid isn’t going to be good enough,” Dixon said. “Then three years later, he’s an All-Big 12 player. That’s part of being a fan of a basketball program, and that’s what’s fun about it.”

The TCU basketball season begins Wednesday, Nov. 7 against California State-Bakersfield. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.