TCU’s Desmond Bane is getting preseason hype. Will he live up to it?

TCU senior guard Desmond Bane is getting plenty of preseason hype these days.

Bane was named to the 2020 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award watch list on Tuesday, and then was named to the preseason All-Big 12 team on Wednesday.

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Bane appreciates the early recognition, but knows it doesn’t mean too much.

“I’d like to be on that [Jerry West] watch list when it gets narrowed down to the final five,” Bane said. “I’d like to make the [Big 12] first-team after the season is over with. Most importantly, I just want to win games. I’m happy with the group of guys we’ve got and the team we have. We’re excited and looking forward to the year.”

Bane is expected to be the focal point for the Frogs’ offense this season. He returns after being last year’s leading scorer (15.2 points). In fact, he’s the conference’s leading returning scorer from last season.

It’s no surprise that coach Jamie Dixon made it clear that feeding Bane the ball is a priority this season. The Frogs would like to see Bane become a bigger 3-point threat. He averaged 4.3 attempts from long range last season, but could try and get that number up to 6-7 attempts per game this season.

“I’ve kind of been an unselfish guy in the past and I wouldn’t say I’m going to be a selfish guy this year, but like coach said a lot of the offense and things are run through me this year so it’s a little bit different look,” said Bane, who shot 42.5 percent from 3-point range last season.

“I’m just trying to pick my spots and take what the defense gives me.”

Along with Bane, the rest of the All-Big 12 team features Udoka Azubuike (Kansas), Tristan Clark (Baylor), Devon Dotson (Kansas) and Tyrese Haliburton (Iowa State). Azubuike was picked as the Big 12’s preseason player of the year.

Texas Tech’s Chris Clarke earned preseason newcomer of the year honors, and West Virginia’s Oscar Tshiebwe was named the preseason freshman of the year.

The conference’s head coaches voted on the team. They were not allowed to select their own players.

TCU opens the season against Southwestern University on Nov. 7.

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This story was originally published October 16, 2019 10:30 AM.

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