brings experience to TCU
to Bobby Knights offensive system, Marcus Shropshire
arrived at TCU and is reaching his full potential.
Knight may have 819 career victories, but for Marcus Shropshire,
one year of basketball under the General at Texas Tech
University was enough.
And he says the decision to leave Knight and Tech after
his freshman year was not because of the coachs
infamous fiery temper or overbearing personality.
In fact, Shropshire has nothing but praise for his former
Hes a great coach and a great guy, the
junior guard said. I enjoyed the time that I played
So why then is Shropshire in playing basketball Fort Worth
and not Lubbock?
I feel that I couldnt reach my full potential
if I kept playing at Tech, he said. I came
here because of the style of the play. And also because
of the coaches.
Im from Grand Prairie also, so I got to be
close to home and my family. I always wanted to head back
Whatever the reason he chose to transfer to TCU, the Frogs
are just happy Shropshire is a member of their team now.
Hes great for our team on and off the court,
junior guard Corey Santee said. Hes a great
guy who fits in well with the rest of the team and can
give off a spark that really helps the team get going.
Head coach Neil Dougherty said Techs loss has been
the Frogs gain
His joining the team adds quite a bit, Dougherty
said. He gives the team an offensive threat and
improves the teams performance. Hes obviously
added many dimensions to our game and makes other teams
worry about whos going to cover Shropshire.
Senior guard Nucleus Smith agrees Shropshires arrival
has benefited the team, but he said that it has also been
beneficial to the transfers game.
By being here he can play more of his style of game
and play more to his ability, Smith said.
Smith said the intensity Shropshire brings to both the
practice floor and game situations is Shropshires
Hes a veteran and knows how to bring the intensity
needed for practice and the intensity needed for when
we play a game, he said.
Shropshire said he is happy he has been able to provide
veteran leadership for the Frogs, especially since the
team is so young.
I think I bring some experience to the team, coming
from the Big 12, he said. Also, I feel my
age brings some things to the table. This is a young team,
and I try to lead by age and example.
As for any comparisons between Knight and Dougherty, Shropshire
said the two coaches actually have many qualities in common.
Both are very focused on winning and are intense
in the way they coach, he said. The main difference
is really just control. Knights an intelligent man,
but he tends to be a little more excited.
guard Marcus Shropshire has nothing against Texas
Tech, he just likes TCUs fast-paced offense
and its proximity to his home town, Grand Prairie.