basketball practice facility gives programs boost, coaches say
new basketball practice facility will allow TCU to recruit top athletes,
some say, because its shows the universitys commitment to
The new basketball practice facility will enable TCU to compete
in recruiting top athletes to the university, mens basketball
coach Neil Dougherty said.
Dougherty said the construction of The Ed and Rae Schollmaier Basketball
Practice Complex is evidence of TCUs growing support of both
the mens and womens basketball programs.
He said the new complex will be beneficial to the entire basketball
program because other universities with up-to-date practice facilities
will no longer have a competitive edge over TCU when it comes to
proving the program has a great commitment to basketball.
When kids come here in the spring and in the summer, you have
to show them what the program looks like when there is no game going
on, Dougherty said. This type of facility can do that
because there will constantly be people here working out and practicing,
and kids can see what kind of attention they will be getting at
said almost all the Conference USA schools have a practice facility,
leaving TCU trying to play catch-up.
Kenny Klein, an associate athletics director at the Louisville,
said his schools practice facility plays a significant role
in recruiting athletes. He said when recruits can see where they
will be spending most of their time for the next four years, they
Louisvilles practice facility, which opened in 1990 and is
housed in the student activities center, has many of the same features
that the Schollmaier complex will have, such as a practice court,
a weight room, conference rooms and offices.
Opinions on the practice facilitys ability to help recruiting
vary among players on the mens basketball team.
Art Pierce, a freshman forward, said he does not know much about
the new facility and that he did not decide to play for TCU because
of it. Instead, he said he chose to play at TCU because Dougherty
promised to rebuild the program starting with the freshman class.
Marcus Sloan, a junior forward, said the new facility will be beneficial
to the team.
The new facility will be a great asset to the program and
will help with recruiting because it shows that TCU is serious about
basketball, Sloan said.
Both players said they are looking forward to having their own practice
Dougherty said this practice space is one of the biggest advantages
of the new facility, which he recently dubbed Gym 7-11,
because it will be open 24 hours a day for both teams.
The beauty of this facility is not just the recruiting advantage
it will provide, Dougherty said. Its our space
and its private.