Combo guard excited about SMU

Marcus Foster is impressed with the recent changes made by the SMU basketball program

Every high school basketball player dreams of one day playing for a Hall of Fame coach like Mike Krzyzewski or Jim Calhoun, but only a handful actually get to experience it.

Marcus Foster has that opportunity and is not taking for granted. The Wichita Falls Hirschi (TX) shooting guard received an SMU offer directly from newly hired Larry Brown in April and still gets chills when talking about his conversation with the Hall of Fame coach.

"When I first picked up the phone, he said this is Coach Brown so I was kind of shocked," Foster said. "He was at my game, but I was surprised he called me because there were so many good players. It felt so good when he offered me."

Foster has done even more research on Brown since receiving the offer and is extremely impressed with the 71-year-old's overall body of work.

"I've talked to Coach Brown a couple of times since then," Foster said. "I think it would be great to play for him because he's won a championship at every level. He obviously knows what he's doing so he'll put me in position to succeed."

Along with occasionally talking to Brown, Foster keeps in close contact with assistant coach Ulric Maligi, who joined the SMU staff in May after a two-year stint with Houston.

"He's been recruiting me since he was over at Houston so I've really gotten to know him. He's a good guy, and I enjoy talking to him," Foster said. "He told me that it would be a good experience for me to play for Larry Brown and that I would get to be a part of something really special."

The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder currently holds six offers and says he has no favorites, but SMU is certainly sticking out thanks to Brown and the Ponies' transition to a premier basketball conference.

"I really love SMU. I think it will be a great place to be especially because of Larry Brown. It would be an amazing opportunity to play under a Hall of Fame coach so I'm extremely interested in SMU," he said. "I also think it's a good thing that SMU made the move to the Big East. Playing in the Big East means you're playing on a big stage every game. The conference tournament is at Madison Square Garden so that would be a great place to compete at."

Foster also plays AAU ball with the Dallas Mustangs and says he would love to play collegiately in the city but would first like to familiarize himself more with the SMU campus.

"I took an unofficial last summer, but I will probably be visiting again after the July live period," Foster said. "I really liked all the facilities. I heard they're getting a new gym so that's a plus. The campus isn't really that big so coming from a small town, it's something that I like. I would also really like to play in Dallas because my family and friends can come see me play. It would be great to stay close to home."

Foster added that he has no other visits planned for the summer and doesn't have a specific timeframe for making a college decision. But SMU will certainly be in the back of his mind as the recruiting process continues to run its course.

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