College Basketball Nation: Ronnie Moss

TCU recruits looking forward to Big East

April, 20, 2011
Ryan Rhoomes grew up playing basketball in Queens and recently went on television to announce that he was leaving home to play next season for TCU. That scenario would have been unlikely had it not been for the Horned Frogs' future affiliation with the Big East.

TCU will play in the Mountain West Conference next season, but the move to the Big East is allowing the school all the way out in Fort Worth to recruit from a new talent pool. Rhoomes, a 6-foot-9 forward coming out of prep school, whose signing was announced Wednesday, is representative of an East Coast player who the Horned Frogs can now attract.

"Since he is from New York, our move to the Big East Conference really helped to create an attractive opportunity for Ryan," coach Jim Christian said in a statement. "I think his potential, both on and off the floor, is going to be something special for TCU."

Said Rhoomes: "I picked TCU because I saw an opportunity to come in, play early and help the program. I also wanted to play in the Big East, and I thought it would be good to play in the Mountain West for one season as a freshman, get with the program and go from there."

TCU is coming off an 11-22 season and a last-place finish in the Mountain West. Leading scorer Ronnie Moss was suspended during the season, and his return to the team remains unclear.

The Horned Frogs return point guard Hank Thorns and now are bringing in some size with the addition of Rhoomes and 6-foot-8 junior college transfer Adrick McKinney.

They'll especially need the big bodies for when they begin playing in the Big East.

"With the team moving to the Big East, it was just a win-win situation," McKinney said in a statement.

TCU suspends leading scorer Ronnie Moss

January, 28, 2011
TCU junior guard Ronnie Moss, the Mountain West Conference's fourth-leading scorer, has been suspended indefinitely, the team announced Friday.

"Ronnie is suspended indefinitely for failure to adhere to the standards of our program," coach Jim Christian said in a statement. "Our focus will turn to the active players on our team and finishing up the remainder of our season strong."

Moss led the Horned Frogs averaging 15.7 points per game, but the team had announced that he did not make the trip to play New Mexico on Wednesday due to personal reasons.

TCU has lost eight of its past nine games and is last in the MWC standings.

TCU hoops not relying on Rose Bowl bump

January, 3, 2011
TCU hasn't been to the NCAA tournament since 1998, and while looking to establish his program as a relevant one, coach Jim Christian doesn't think that the attention the football team is getting for winning the Rose Bowl will do much to change things for basketball.

"We have to be able to provide enthusiasm in our arena," Christian said. "People aren't coming into the basketball arena because we won the Rose Bowl. We have to get people excited about what we're doing."

The Horned Frogs will certainly have an opportunity to make a statement Wednesday in the Mountain West Conference opener when they host 15-0 San Diego State, the first team in MWC history to enter league play undefeated.

Christian isn't yet sure whether he'll have leading scorer Ronnie Moss available, as the guard was out with a concussion during Sunday's loss to Rice and needs to pass tests in order to become active.

The Horned Frogs do have Virginia Tech point guard transfer Hank Thorns playing well, and the team is 9-6 after going through an up-and-down nonconference season.

Two years before TCU heads to the Big East, the program is still looking to establish itself. The team recently garnered attention when a locker-room shoving match broke out between players after a road loss to Nebraska. The Star-Telegram had been given behind-the-scenes access for the game.
"He's got the worst attitude on the team, and no one can say nothin' to him!" "You guys gotta man up!" "That was so easy, and you made it hard for no reason." "Would you stop worrying about the messenger and play better!" The "conversation" lasts for 20 minutes before the players pack their gear and head into the bitter Nebraska air. The team came to Lincoln aiming for its second road victory against a Big 12 team this season, which would have been a first in the program's history. Instead, the best thing to come from it is a collective clearing of the minds. The dispute may be the best sign Christian has had in his three years in Fort Worth that his team is no longer numb to losing. The Frogs feel enough passion and anger about a loss to fight over it.

Halftime: TCU 40, BYU 39

March, 11, 2010
LAS VEGAS -- Here's some halftime items from the quarterfinal game between BYU and TCU.

  • "Jimmer!" one BYU fan cried. "They're tied with us!" It was a plea of sorts. As in, "Really, guys? TCU?" Yep, the Horned Frogs have the one-point advantage after Ronnie Moss hit a floater before going in the locker room. TCU was up during the first half as well on Saturday against BYU, but of course, the Cougars went on to win by 30.
  • Jimmer Fredette is starting to look a lot more like himself again after recently battling a stomach virus. He has 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting, and more importantly has played 18 minutes. That's right around what he's averaged for entire games over the previous three games.
  • Moss has 15 points as well and is 6 of 8 from the field, and TCU got seven points apiece from Edvinas Ruzgas and Nikola Cerina.
  • BYU needs to pick it up on defense, as the Horned Frogs shot 50 percent from the field. TCU is getting open looks, hitting 5 of 7 from three-point range.
  • It looks to be a good crowd out here for the night session. A lot of UNLV fans are in the house to see their team play Utah after this one, and BYU also travels well.