TCU basketball: Damion Baugh expected to pursue pro career

TCU’s Damion Baugh (10) averaged 10.6 points per game last season. He’s expected to pursue a professional career.

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TCU basketball is losing its second-leading scorer from last season’s team.

Junior guard Damion Baugh has informed teammates and coaches that he plans to pursue a professional career. Baugh announced he would be “testing the waters” of the NBA Draft on April 13. At the time, the general thought was Baugh would get an evaluation from NBA scouts and return for a senior season.

But Baugh feels he’s ready for the next level. He posted on social media this week, “Thank You TCU For The Best Year Of My College Career #DadaGotUs #10out”

Most expect Baugh to follow through with his professional pursuits, although the deadline for early entrants to withdraw from the NBA Draft and retain college eligibility is June 1. TCU guard Mike Miles declared for the NBA Draft earlier this offseason, saying he was going “all-in,” before he reversed course and returned to school.

Baugh was the Frogs’ second-leading scorer last season, averaging 10.6 points in 31.5 minutes per game. But he struggled with his 3-point shot, making just 27%, and averaged 3.3 turnovers a game.

Baugh joined TCU after spending his first two seasons at Memphis.

He helped TCU to a historic season in 2021-22, ending a 35-year drought between NCAA Tournament victories. The Frogs also won a program-record five ranked games.

Many have projected TCU as a Top 25 team going into next season.

This story was originally published May 17, 2022 3:28 PM.

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