- Eric Martinez
Ludacris performs at TCU's first annual Schollmaier event
The TCU campus was buzzing with the success that several of the Fall 2022 sports have generated. The Football team is undefeated and both women’s and men’s basketball has received several preseason recognitions including a men’s basketball #14 preseason ranking in the coaches and AP polls. The alumni filled the seats, and students could feel that buzz as they entered the Schollmaier arena. Mentioned several times over the speaker were the words, first annual Schollmaier Live event that will officially kick off TCU Basketball every year from now on.
As the lights dimmed, the noise in the arena turned up. Each TCU basketball player was teamed up with each other for the introductions. A combination of every dance move was on display. The party officially kicked off as every player on both sides danced and looked to entertain the crowd in the arena. The first event was a three-point shootout teaming a player from the men’s team and the women’s team. Ultimately the team of Senior Tomi Taiwo from the women’s TCU Basketball squad teamed up with Senior Chuck O’Bannon Jr. to deplete the competition and without a doubt was crowned three-point champs.
TCU men’s Basketball coach Jamie Dixon grabbed the microphone to state his excitement. He explained the preseason ranking is a great offseason expectation, but he knows the work is to be done in season. He expects a difficult Big 12 schedule. He also assisted Junior center Souleymane Doumbia with a surprise engagement proposal to his fiancée that sent a jolt in the arena for the party to continue.
The stage was set for a party to last throughout the night. DJ Infamous played hit after hit until 2-time Grammy award winner Ludacris ran out of the tunnel to a standing ovation and everyone clapping and dancing. Both TCU women’s and men’s basketball team huddled near him as he played hit after hit and made sure the crowd had a memorable time and especially reminding everyone that he does not perform in concerts, but TCU was a special occasion as the DFW is one of his favorite cities in the world. With the cheers, smiles and laughter noticeable by everyone, TCU Basketball has set off the preseason with a level of energy that will be felt throughout the year