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TCU Recruiting: What Desmond Bane Brings To Horned Frogs Basketball

March 12, 2016

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The TCU Horned Frogs landed their third commitment of the 2016 recruiting class with the signing of shooting guard Desmond Bane.

Bane, out of Richmond, Indiana, picked the Horned Frogs over his other offer in Miami of Ohio. He also received attention from Northwestern, Purdue and Xavier. He now joins 4-star Jaylen Fisher and 3-star Josh Parrish in the 2016 class.

TCU Recruiting: What Desmond Bane Brings To Horned Frogs Basketball


Bane is the all-time leading scorer in Wayne County and is known for having a 62-point game against Lincoln High. For folks who also enjoy basketball highlights on Youtube, Bane has one of the nastiest posterizing dunks I’ve seen in a very long time. He averaged 30 points per game as a senior and shot 69 percent from the field.

So, what will coach Jamie Dixon be working with this season when Bane arrives on campus?

A guy who can flat out fill it up on the offensive end.

The reason Bane shoots such a high percentage from the field is because he has a knack for driving and getting to the rim. Bane seems like he’s always in attack mode and is crafty in the paint. He’s shown he can finish in traffic and is a creative finisher who can lay it up with either hand. Bane lives inside the arc and won’t allow a defender to rush his offense.

Bane also sees the floor very well and has displayed an impressive passing ability when in attack mode. He has no problem giving the ball up when drawing the double team, and it usually leads into a score for one of his teammates.

Bane can also defend multiple positions due to his 6’5”, 210 pound frame. He has above-average leaping ability to where he can contest shots at the rim and has quick hands that allow him to interrupt passing lanes.

The one thing you’d like to see Bane improve is his outside shooting. He’s shown the ability to knockdown the outside shot, but it was a weakness for him early in his career with 33 percent shooting from deep as a sophomore. However, Dane did improve that percentage to 54 percent on 100 shots. It’s clearly a process for Bane, and if he can stroke it from deep at a high percentage to go with his driving skills, he’ll be a nightmare on the offensive end.

Bane may not have been as highly recruited as the other TCU commits, but his ability to create offense can't be understated. Considering the Horned Frogs averaged just 67 points last season, they could certainly use what Bane brings to the table.

This is another good pickup for Dixon and TCU.

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