Larry Brown is playing no games when it comes to recruiting.
The Hall of Fame coach and his staff have already landed a few big name kids and their reputation is positively trending across AAU circuits and twitterverse. So it should come as no surprise that one of the top players in the Class of 2014 is interested in SMU.
"It's a good school," said Arlington Grace Prep point guard Emmanuel Mudiay. "I like the fact that they have a Hall of Fame coach over there, and I like that they're going to the Big East."
After all, a highly local product should want to stay close to home and play for what is poised to be a potential Big East powerhouse or at least that's the bar Brown has set in just a few months of being on the Hilltop.
"It was crazy when I first heard about him going to SMU," Mudiay said. "Everybody started to get interested in SMU. My teammates Jordan Mickey and Karviar Shepherd starting talking about Larry Brown and SMU, and I was just like wow. I followed him when he was with the 76ers and the Pistons, and I think I can learn a lot from him."
But it doesn't end with Brown, Ulric Maligi, who was an ace recruiter in his own right at Houston, is the man responsible for courting the five-star prospect and so far he's built a relationship that's stronger than the Hardwood in Moody Colesium.
"Well, my brothers actually had a good relationship with Coach Ulric because he coached them when they were younger. He used to be on the AAU circuit so we know each other from there," Mudiay said. "He's African, and I'm African so we always joke about that. He's just told me that I can really run the show at SMU, and that I'll really like the style of play."
The next step will simply be getting Mudiay on campus. He's visited Texas and TCU this summer but SMU will have to wait till this fall. Mudiay holds currently holds 10 offers and says he ‘likes all of them' but the school he commits to will have to have two defining characteristics.
"I want to look at the academics parts first," Mudiay said. "Then, I really want to play for a coach that will bring the best out of me and make me a better player on and off the court."
With two full seasons left of high school basketball, the highly touted ball handler has room to grow and develop. Despite the high rankings and early offers, Mudiay remains humble and a student of the game.
"I feel like getting my teammates involved is what I do best and that's what I'm continuing to work on," he said. "Besides playing AAU, I've just been studying the game and watching film so I can be a championship point guard."
And who better to learn from than the man who coached Allen Iverson and as a player holds the all-time ABA record for most assists.
"With Coach Brown being at SMU, it would really help me out so I'm definitely interested," he said.
Five-star point guard interested in SMU
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