By Jamie Plunkett
Frogs Today staff writer
In a stunning turn of events, Mike Miles Jr. announced Monday that he plans to return to TCU next season.
The Horned Frogs’ point guard announced March 30 that he would be entering the 2022 NBA Draft before amending that announcement last week to include that he was maintaining his college eligibility.
Miles led the Frogs to a No. 9 seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament, just their second tournament berth in 24 years. A sophomore from Lancaster, Miles led TCU in minutes (33.4) and points per game (15.4) despite battling wrist injuries for most of the season.
This is, obviously, a boon for the Frogs, who now return every starter from the team that won 21 games this season. Jamie Dixon has often mentioned that the best teams in the Big 12, and across the country, are older.
TCU only had two scholarship seniors on the roster this season — Chuck O’Bannon and Harrison Young. O’Bannon recently announced that he was using an exemption to return for another year.
Beyond his on-court presence, Miles has been integral in shifting the culture surrounding TCU basketball. TCU set multiple attendance and student attendance records and beat back-to-back ranked opponents for the first time in program history.
Miles also led TCU to their first NCAA Tournament win since Jamie Dixon was a player in 1987, and could have reached the Sweet Sixteen if not for some questionable officiating in the second-round game against No. 1 Arizona.
The Frogs finished fifth in the Big 12 in 2021, with wins over three of the four teams who finished ahead of them in the standings. They also beat national champion Kansas on March 1.
With Miles’ return, TCU seems primed for another tournament in 2022.