The TCU Horned Frogs' basketball team rolled the dice when it signed juco guard Sammy Yeager, and on Tuesday it blew up in their face. This is what can happen when you sign JUCO guys.
Coach Jim Christian kicked Yeager, the team's third leading scorer and rebounder, off the team for a violation of team rules. Christian said Yeager is free from his scholarship and can pursue anything he wants. Christian wouldn't say anything else.
It shouldn't come as a huge surprise this happened. But it is a disappointment. Yeager should have been a good Division I basketball player.
In 16 games, including six starts, Yeager averaged 9.3 points and 4.2 rebounds. He scored 22 points with nine rebounds in TCU’s win at Texas Tech Dec. 8. Long and athletic, Yeager gave TCU a decent scoring option on the perimeter and an athletic defender.
But this departure is consistent with the rest of Yeager's career. He signed with TCU after averaging nearly 20 points per game last season at Weatherford College.
Out of high school, Yeager committed to San Diego. But academics forced Yeager to look elsewhere. He played 2008-’09 at Modesto Junior College. But a disagreement with the coach led to a short stay for Yeager there.
According to an 2008 article in the Modesto Bee, Yeager “bounced around four community colleges since high school graduation, not playing at any of them.”
His departure will likely create an opportunity for freshman forward Amric Fields, and possibly more minutes for senior guard Greg Hill.
The Frogs (9-8) have dropped four straight games, and return to play against Wyoming at 6:30 p.m. at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Just a guess Yeager won't be there to root on his ex-teammates.
- Mac Engel
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