TCU incoming freshman Karviar Shepherd has been academically by the NCAA according to second-year Horned Frogs head coach Trent Johnson on July 26.
Shepherd (Dallas, Texas/ Prime Prep), the 77th best prospect in the class of 2013 according to ESPN Recruiting Nation, was deemed ineligible on July 11, due to academic issues at Prime Prep, a school co-founded by ex-NFL and MLB star Deion Sanders.
The 6-9 center signed with TCU on October 8, 2012. He chose the Horned Frogs over Texas A&M, Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma.
Shepard transferred to the Dallas-area school prior to his senior seasons. Prime Prep has been approved by the Texas Education Agency, along with the State Board of Education. Prime Prep is approved as a “Regular Instructional Open Enrollment Charter,” as listed on the TEA’s website.
Shepherd spent his first two seasons at DeSoto High in Dallas before transferring to Grace Prep in order to receive a private school education. He followed basketball coach Ray Forsett from Grace Prep to Prime Prep before last season and were informed there would be no issues with the school being approved by the NCAA. Shepard had a solid GPA and was only one semester shy of qualifying and didn’t need to change schools in order to be eligible.
TCU went 11-21 in their first season in the Big 12 but Johnson, who is in his second year with the Horned Frogs, has brought in six newcomers in less than a year and has the 34th best recruiting class in 2013 according to ESPN.com. The Horned Frogs four man recruiting class includes Shepherd, 6-6 Hudson Price (Orlando,Fla./The First Academy), 6-6 Brandon Parrish (Arlington, Texas/Seguin) and 6-2 Michael Williams (San Antonio, Texas/Reagen). Shepherd is a four-star recruit while Parrish and Williams have three-star ratings according to ESPN.
The other two Horned Frogs newcomers are transfers Trey Ziegler (Pittsburgh) and Chris Washburn (UTEP). Ziegler, who will have one season of eligibility remaining, averaged 4.4 points and 2.2 rebounds for the Panthers last season while Washburn will sit out the 2013-14 season. He averaged 4.4 points and 2.9 rebounds as a freshman for the Miners.
TCU will also rely a lot on returnees Kyan Anderson, Devonta Abram and Amric Fields, who missed nearly the entire campaign after suffering a major knee injury in just his third game. Anderson, a 5-11 junior, led the team in points (12.0), assists (3.2) and steals (1.4) while the 6-8 Abron chipped in with 7.4 points and 5.9 rebounds a game. Fields, a 6-9 forward, averaged 7.3 points and 2.7 rebounds prior to injuring his knee.
TCU, which will open up their nonconference schedule against SMU on Nov. 8, will travel to Canada to play four exhibition games in early August. SMU, Washington State, Mississippi State and the Great Alaskan Shootout highlight the Horned Frogs nonconference schedule.