Abron discusses transfer to TCU

Abron discusses transfer to TCU

TCU's new head basketball coach Trent Johnson set out to improve his frontcourt this offseason. After announcing the signing of Houston big man Aaron Durley, Johnson then announced that the Frogs had added Devonta Abron who played last season at the University of Arkansas.

TCU's new head basketball coach Trent Johnson set out to improve his frontcourt this offseason.

After announcing the signing of Houston big man Aaron Durley, Johnson then announced that the Frogs had added DeVonta Abron who played last season at the University of Arkansas.

"I wanted to come back and play closer to home," Abron said in discussing why he decided to leave Fayetteville.

"I played against Coach Johnson three times and I love the way he let's the big men play," said Abron who had 13 rebounds in 22 minutes in his first game versus LSU last season.

Arkansas, coached by Mike Anderson plays at a much higher pace not as favorable for a big man like Abron.

"When I would get to sit on the bench last year at Arkansas, I would watch how Coach Johnson runs his offense, and it seemed like a great offense for the big men," Abron said. "High post and low post it all has a chance to go through the bigs."

"It is definitely my strength and my grit," Abron said when asked what makes him such a good rebounder.

Abron was recruited to Arkansas by Rob Evans, a former TCU assistant who was an assistant at Arkansas at the time.

Abron said he did speak to Rob Evans before making his decision.

"TCU was a place I was looking at right away. Coach Evans just told me to do what was best for me. The situation with my family was that I needed to come closer to home to play," Abron continued.

"I am just looking forward to winning championships with TCU. I feel this coaching staff is going to help me succeed," Abron noted.

Abron played AAU basketball for the Dallas Mustangs, and he said TCU was the first school to recruit him out of high school back when he was a freshman.

When asked what his biggest strength was, Abron noted, "Rebounding and banging."

Such an attitude was largely unfound on TCU's 2011-2012 team that often struggled to rebound the ball consistently.

Abron was ranked by Fox Sports as the 31st best big man in the class of 2011. His stock rose after one season at Arkansas.

He was second on the team in rebounding and averaged nearly two offensive rebounds per contest. He played 16.3 minutes per game as a freshman.

Whether the new coaching staff wants to add any other players to the 2012 class depends largely on the type of talent they are able to find so late in the signing period.

Abron may file a waiver to play immediately without having to sit out a year because he transferred. Regardless, Abron gives TCU another solid post presence as they join the very physical Big 12 conference.

Abron joins Charles Hill, Clyde Smith, and Aaron Durley in TCU's 2012 class.

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