TCU Basketball: Center Karviar Shepherd Picks the Horned Frogs

Jon HancockSenior Analyst IOctober 8, 2012

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Karviar Shepherd, a 6'9" senior from Prime Prep Academy in Dallas, Texas, committed to the Texas Christian Horned Frogs—according to Reggie Rankin of

Shepherd is considered the third-best center by ESPN and the 43rd best player in the 2013 class by

ESPN says of Shepherd:

He's got some of the sharpest elbows in high school basketball. Shepherd does an excellent job of laying down the law in the lane. He goes up strong for rebounds and gets his elbows extended. He's the kind of center who takes pride in owning his realm.

The 4-star recruit recently narrowed his list to Kansas University, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Christian and Oklahoma. He's planning a visit to Kansas later this month.

I recently talked to Mike Gandalfo, the head recruiting coordinator for the Derby Classic, about Shepherd. Gandalfo watched Shepherd a couple times over the summer during AAU tournaments.

"He is a streaky scorer," Gandalfo said. "He needs to improve on his footwork on offense and defense. He can hit the 5-10 foot jump shot and is an average ball handler for a big guy. He is a big time rebounder because of his athleticism and his ability to hold his space."

Shepherd joins 4-star small forward Brandon Parrish in TCU's 2013 recruitment class. Parrish committed to the Horned Frogs last month.

TCU coach Trent Johnson is showing fans as a recruiter in his short time as the head coach.

Jon Hancock is a contributor for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.

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