Aaron Durley Talks TCU Commitment

Former Marquette signee Aaron Durley was let out of his letter of commit by the Golden Eagles. He becomes the first commitment gathered by new head coach Trent Johnson. Horned Frog Blitz caught up with Durley and his mother to talk about what both called the perfect fit

Trent Johnson gathered his first commitment as head coach of the TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday as Houston, Texas, native Aaron Durley committed to TCU.

The 6'10, 280 pound center from George Bush High School was originally signed with Marquette, but Durley called it a "mutual decision" to part ways.

Dana Durley, Aaron's mother, said, "Aaron is a special case because he has only lived for five years in the states. We just thought it may not have been the best fit for him to go all the way to Marquette."

Durley and her husband currently work and live in Saudi Arabia, and it was in Saudi Arabia that Durley was raised for much of his childhood.

"We started calling around and letting people know I was available," Durley said. "Coach Evans was a friend of our family and we saw the situation at TCU, and I just enjoyed my visit a lot."

After the release of former signees Reggie Murphy and Ryan Rhoomes from their letters of intent, new head coach Trent Johnson knew his team needed help for the front court heading into the 2012 season.

Durley fills a definite need for the Frogs who now have three players in their 2012 class.

"TCU will really be a family away from family for me. I feel like that is [a place] where I can become a better person and a better play," Durley noted.

His mother Dana agreed with that sentiment.

"Marquette was just so far away and we felt like it may not have been the best fit. They were very nice about letting him switch. It was a mutual decision, but when we heard TCU might be interested, we were just thrilled," Dana Durley said. "We love the university, size, the kids, and the area that comes with TCU."

"Coach Johnson seems like such a great guy. The whole staff just was great. He just wanted a coach that believed in him, and TCU has everything we were looking for," Durley also noted.

In addition to meeting the coaching staff, Durley also met with current TCU players Jarvis Ray and Garlon Green.

"I met with Jarvis Ray, and Garlon and I have actually been friends since he grew up in the Houston area," Durley said.

When talking about what he really liked about TCU other than the people, Durley gave a common answer.

"The school is going into the Big 12. The time is right for the program to take [the next step], and it's going to be a crazy trip," Durley said. "Everybody has always said they see a lot of potential in me, but Coach Johnson said it is time to move on from having potential to turning that potential into success."

Durley arrived in Fort Worth with his mother on Wednesday night and visited on Thursday and Friday. He left Fort Worth Friday afternoon to head to his prom, but his mother could not stop thinking about how happy she was for her son.

"All I wanted Aaron to get was a chance," his mother said. "I feel like the basketball Gods are smiling at us."

Durley's go to move is a jump hook over his left shoulder.

He will graduate on May 31st of this year.


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