It was only a matter of time.
After hitting the recruiting trail in full force, Larry Brown and his band of new SMU coaches kept coming up just a hair short. But on Monday, they finally landed a big fish in four-star Proviso East wing Sterling Brown.
Just a day later, Bolingbrook power forward Ben Moore joined the party and became SMU's second commit.
"From my perspective, Coach Brown recognized his talent level early and developed a great rapport with Ben over the last three to four months," said Bolingbrook head coach Rob Brost. "Coach Brown was always all in while bigger schools came in later. Anytime you're turning down schools like Illinois and Missouri, you know you've made a connection. That's why I believe he picked SMU."
Brown and assistant coach Jerrance Howard made frequent trips up to Chicago throughout September and October to meet with Moore and discuss the possibility of joining a budding program like SMU.
Moore was sold from day one and arrived on the Hilltop for an official visit last month. But he held off on a decision and instead cut his list down to Colorado State, Illinois, Missouri, and SMU. Moore made a trip to Illinois this past weekend, but his relationship with the Mustang staff ultimately led to his verbal.
"The difference between Coach Brown and others is he said he wanted what was best for Moore. If it was another school then that was fine," Brost said. "That unconditional thought process made Ben believe he was their top target."
The 6-foot-8, 190-pounder can play anywhere on the court thanks to his ability to knock down shots and his relentless motor that allows him to get up and down the floor. Moore's overall athleticism is what really intrigued Brown, who said he could use his newest commit at a variety of positions.
"Ben is really long and athletic. His skill set is perfect for SMU as they head into the Big East," Brost said. "Coach Brown said if he was the head coach at Kentucky or Kansas, he would want Ben Moore. He's just a basketball player. Coach Brown also landed another top-5 player in the state with Sterling Brown and those two can do some special things."
Moore averaged 18 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior and had a sensational summer as a part of the Derek Rose All-Stars.
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