Just a week after his former school landed two top-100 prospects, Trent Johnson made a statement of his own at TCU.
Karviar Shepherd, a four-star center from Prime Prep (Tex.), pledged to the Horned Frogs on Monday evening.
|Karviar Shepherd should make an immediate impact at TCU next fall. (Adidas)|
“I picked TCU because it was close to home and I really like the coaching staff,” Shepherd told Reggie Rankin of ESPN.com. “They do a really good job of improving bigs like they did at Stanford with the Lopez twins.”
Shepherd, ranked No. 38 in our top 100, is a 6-foot-9 center with a smooth offensive game. He has great touch facing up from the free-throw line or the elbow, and he good post moves with his back to the basket. Defensively, he blocks shots and also rebounds very well.
He is the second commitment for Johnson in the 2013 class, joining guard Brandon Parrish. Texas A&M, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Oklahoma and others were in the mix for Shepherd.
Kansas lands point guard Frank Mason
Kansas has been on the hunt for a point guard in the 2013 class for a long, long time. The Jayhawks struck out with main targets Anthony “Cat” Barber and Chris Jones, then also missed out on Demetrius Jackson.
On Monday, Bill Self found out he could stop searching: former Towson signee Frank Mason committed to the Jayhawks.
Mason is a strong point guard who finds ways to get into the lane against most defenders. He is quick with the ball and knows how to finish in traffic. Mason isn't ranked among the top players at his position, but he has great confidence and is continuing to improve his ability to run a team.
Mason joins top-40 talents Conner Frankamp and Brannen Greene in Kansas' 2013 class.
- Jaylon Tate, Illinois
- Dayshon Smith, Dayton
- Rodney Bullock, Providence
- Chris Perry, South Florida
- Quantel Denson, Mississippi State
- Dylan Johns, LSU (will enroll in December)
- Justin McKie, South Carolina
Carlton Hurst, Colorado State