To prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with TCU PG Kyan Anderson about a group of transfers coming together as a team.
You have several transfers on your roster. How do you come together as a team despite bringing in guys from other programs? Those guys were so easy to bond and mesh with that I was able to make strong relationships really fast. These are the people that you see all day, every day and we have become an extended family, which makes it easy to be teammates with everyone.
You and Devonta Abron are the only two returning starters. How much pressure is there on the two of you to be leaders this year? There is a lot of pressure but I want this team to be good so badly that I am willing to do anything it takes. For me, it is just about sacrificing all my time to be the best possible basketball player I can be for this team.
What are your expectations for the upcoming season? I am expecting us to be competitors in the Big 12 and I am really excited to see what this new young team has to offer. I am going to do my best to lead my team to victories. It is going to be another exciting season and I cannot wait!
Why did you choose TCU? I chose TCU because it was a great opportunity to play in a great conference full of competition. I am also able to play in front of friends and family because it is close to home.
In the 2012 CBI, you beat Milwaukee before losing to Oregon State. What is the biggest difference between the regular season and the postseason? Nobody really wants their season to end at anytime, so I think the difference is the competitiveness of the different teams and the will to want to play another day.
You finished that season by being named MWC Freshman of the Year. How were you able to come in and contribute right from the start? It was confidence that helped me gain that honor. I knew that all the work that I put into my prior seasons as a high school athlete would help prepare me for the college game. It really came down to me believing that I could not be stopped.
You started every single game at PG last year. What is the secret to being a good PG? I honestly have been playing the PG position for so long that it feels natural to me.
Last November, you scored a career-high 35 points (including 13 of 20 field goals made) in a win against UAB. Was it just one of those scenarios where every shot you put up seemed to go in because you were “in the zone”? I knew that I wanted to come out aggressive, but I did not think the ball would fall for me like that. I definitely was in the zone that night.
Your team went 11-21 last year in Coach Trent Johnson’s first season as head coach. How difficult was it to adjust to a coaching change from your freshman year to your sophomore year? Coach Johnson and his staff are huge on discipline, which is good for all of us.
You were 2-16 in the conference last year. What makes the Big 12 such a nightmare? The speed, size, and basketball IQ of the players in the Big 12 was a big change for not only myself but also our entire team. When you add in the different schemes/defenses that each team displays every night, it is definitely a tough match-up.