The addition of TCU to the Big 12 is important to Kansas State for many reasons that have been analyzed all week. On Thursday, Wildcats basketball coach Frank Martin pointed out an advantage that hasn’t been discussed.
Playing the Horned Frogs on a yearly basis will help provide a recruiting boost in one of his go-to areas.
“I’m ecstatic about it. We recruit Dallas a lot,” Martin said. “One thing we tell parents is, ‘Hey, we play down in Austin or we play in Waco or — before — at Texas A&M,’ but that’s not Dallas. That means that’s a long drive for somebody after work on a Wednesday that needs to get where they need to get to watch a game. It’s not Dallas.
“Now, we’ll go play in Dallas. That’s going to be great. That’s going to be a tremendous opportunity for us in recruiting.”
TCU, located in Fort Worth, is a short drive from just about anywhere in the Dallas metroplex.
K-State currently has one player from the area (freshman big man Thomas Gipson) on its roster. Perhaps the Wildcats will be able to add more in the near future with TCU on the schedule.
“It’s a real neat deal,” Martin said. “I think it’s a great deal.”