Dipping Into The Junior College Ranks

After seeing how well Zvonko Buljan and Edvinas Ruzgas turned out, it should come to no surprise that the Frogs recruiting staff is dipping into the junior college ranks again. Come inside BigPurpleNattion.com to read which junior college player has a 2009 offer!

One of the major ways you can turn around a Division I basketball program quickly is to bring in junior college guys that are ready to make an immediate impact. In the 2008 recruiting class, Coach Christian brought in virtually unknowns in Zvonko Buljan and Edvinas Ruzgas. After seeing how well they turned out, it should come as no surprise that the recruiting staff is hard at work again in the junior college ranks.

BigPurpleNation.com confirmed on Sunday night that Indian Hills Junior College small forward Marcus Relphorde has a scholarship offer from the Frogs on the table. Along with his offer from TCU, the Chicago native is also getting heavy interest from Colorado, Nebraska, Wichita State and Illinois State.

"One major thing in my decision on where to go is can I be an immediate impact," Relphorde told BPN. "I will only have two years after this so I want to have a major role right away. I also really want to get into a situation where I can go to the tourney."

Highly recruited out of high school, Relphorde chose to play for St. Louis over schools like UNLV, Temple, Iowa State, St. Joes, Wisconsin, and Western Kentucky. It didn't take long for the wing to realize that being a Billiken was not for him.

"I was recruited by a coaching staff that got fired," said Relphorde. "I was going to get out of my letter of intent, but (Rick) Majerus wanted me to stay and try it out for a year. I just didn't fit into his system. He wanted me in the post and I'm a wing."

After a freshman season where he averaged only 4.3 minutes a game, Relphorde decided to transfer to Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, IA. Indian Hills is one of the premiere junior college basketball powerhouses in the country.

"We have really good, dedicated fans," he said. "It's one of the nicest places to play in the junior college ranks. The fans have been around a really long time."

At Indian Hills, Relphorde is averaging 12 points and five rebounds per game, shooting close to 40% from three-point land. The Warriors have gotten off to an impressive 21-1 start and are currently the 3rd ranked JUCO team in the nation.

Relphorde is currently being recruited by TCU assistant coach Bill Wuczynski. Wuczynski spent three seasons recruiting in the Midwest at Loyola University-Chicago.

"He (Wuczynski) just tells me that they really need some players. They need as many players they can get," Relphorde said. "He tells me a lot about Coach Christian's resume and that they are really trying to get it going…It is definitely a place I have interest in."

Relphorde will have three years to play two. In high school, Relphorde averaged close to 13 points per game and over five assists at American Christian.


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