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Babb Excited About His Return Home

Release: 01/17/2013
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AMES, Iowa- The recent addition of TCU to the Big 12 Conference has made Iowa State senior Chris Babb a very happy person.  He now has a chance to go home.

A native of Arlington, Texas, Babb lived a mere 20 minutes from the TCU campus and frequented many Horned Frog basketball games during his high school years. His guest list for Saturday's game will be at full capacity.

"It will be the first time I have played basketball in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area since I started college," Babb said.  "I have a lot of friends there."

Babb grew up in Topeka, Kan., but his family moved to the Dallas area when he was in eighth grade (2003) after his mother, Nikki, was transferred there as an employee for AT&T.

As a basketball fanatic, Babb couldn't get enough hoops in his life and TCU basketball was one of his favorite stops. Former TCU head basketball coach, the late Neil Dougherty, was friends with Babb's father, Mike, going back to their high school days in Kansas. This provided Chris with even more access and affiliation with the program.

It also didn't hurt that Chris became friends with Dougherty's son, Ryan. Often you would find Chris and Ryan at the end of the bench at Horned Frog home games.

"When I started middle school I attended a lot of TCU games," Babb said. "My Dad was best friends with the TCU head coach at the time, Neil Dougherty. I'm definitely excited about going back to play in a place I played a lot of pick-up games at. I grew up watching the players they have had in the past.

"I was sitting on the bench at TCU games before I even thought about playing college basketball," Babb added. "It was cool to be a part of the team behind the scenes. It was always exciting to be at those games and feel the excitement of college basketball."

Babb, who is averaging 9.4 ppg, is looking forward to his brief homecoming. The team will eat at his father's new restaurant, Babb Brothers BBQ & Blues, when they arrive in Dallas Friday night. The entire Cyclone team will get a little slice of Babb "home cooking."

"It is going to be great to have the whole team go over and eat at my Dad's place," said Babb. "I had the chance to eat there over the semester break. He's been working a lot lately."
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