Polish Center Headed To Dallas

Just as Tomasz Kwiatkowski was about to decide in favor of one school, another knocked on his door and the rest is history.

Matt Doherty and the SMU Mustangs have a new center prospect wrapped up for next season. Tomasz Kwiatkowski, a 7-foot-1 prospect out of Lee (Maine) Lee Academy, committed to the Mustangs this week.

"SMU came and saw us play in Rhode Island," Lee coach Carl Parker said. "The next thing he's on a visit, he loved Dallas and he loved Coach Doherty.

"I think they see him as being one of the blocks coming in. They play on bringing in a lot of freshmen and developing them so that by the time they're juniors they're pretty good. They see him as being a high-post, two-man game kid."

Kwiatkowski, a native of Poland, saw enough campuses to make a decision. He visited Virginia (no offer), UNLV and Valparaiso. Rhode Island was coming on and Northwestern exhibited a high level of interest as well.

SMU caught wind of the big fella and moved swiftly. "He loved SMU," Parker said. "The funny thing is he almost didn't go on the visit. He was thinking Valpo, then decided to weigh it against SMU and he went there and loved it."

In time, according to Parker, Kwiatkowski should be a young man that can help the Mustangs. "Matt's had some success with big guys. (Tomasz) has some sense of the game. The game is faster than what he's used to. We nit-pick more here than they do in Poland and that's an adjustment for him. He's a tremendous kid."

And he's a 7-1 center whom SMU locked up in the spring session and that's a good catch.

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