"I just wanted to be coached by coach Larry Brown," Kapita said. "He’s a legendary coach. I want to be coached by him. I just like SMU. I think that’s a perfect fit for me."
Kapita, a native of Congo, picked the Mustangs over significant interest from Georgetown, Florida, Texas Tech and a host of others.
Kapita came to the United States nearly four years ago and landed at Melbourne (Fla.) Florida Air Academy. After two years in Florida, he finished his high school career at Huntington (W.V.) Prep and eventually signed with Arkansas.
After not scoring high enough on the standardized test, Kapita reportedly looked into playing in a start up professional league this season. He denies he ever signed anything.
"I’ve never talked to anybody or signed anything," he said. "I don’t know where that come."
Kapita ended up taking a post-graduate year at Daytona Beach (Fla.) DME Academy this season and played for Chris Chaney.
Kapita joins a strong class that includes Aussies Harry Froling and Tom Wilson, as well as Texas native DaShawn McDowell.
Assistant K.T. Turner was the lead man for SMU in the Kapita recruitment.
"[Turner] and coach Brown recruited me at Huntington Prep and watched me play," he said. "That’s how I got to know coach K.T. He’s a good person and I like his personality. Outside of baskektball, I just like him as a person."
Kapita, a 6-foot-9, 225-pounder, is regarded as a four-star recruit in the 2016 class.
"I’ll bring energy," Kapita said. "I’ll bring my skills as a big man. I’m 6-9 and can do a little bit of everything."