If SMU fails to land five-star Dallas Kimball shooting guard Keith Frazier, it appears Larry Brown and his aggressive band of recruiters have a back-up plan.
Brown and assistant coach Ulric Maligi were supposed to fly out to New York on Sunday afternoon to watch three-star 2013 Christ The King combo-guard Jonathan Severe in action. But the SMU coaches had some trouble leaving the metroplex.
"Coach Brown was supposed to be at my game today. I was really excited to play in front of him but then I got a call from Coach Maligi," Severe said. "He told me there was some trouble with their plane and they couldn't make it. But he did say they would see me soon."
Severe, who is considered New York's top unsigned senior, guided his team to a clutch 72-71 win with 18 points and seven assists over Bishop Laughlin, which is led by 2014 SMU four-star prospect Khadeen Carrington.
The two teams previously played each other in late January, and Maligi was in attendance for that game as Christ The King came away with a one point win in that contest as well. It was on that day that Severe first became interested in the Mustangs.
Despite holding double digit offers, Severe is still waiting for the right school to come along and that school very well could be SMU.
"I don't have an offer from SMU yet because Coach Brown hasn't seen me play, but I've been talking to him, and he really likes me," Severe said. "I don't know too much about SMU, but I think it would be great to play for Coach Brown so I will really consider them."
The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder is an outstanding shooter averaging over 22 points per game and his handles are good but they could be great with the right teacher. Severe, who was recently nominated for the McDonald's All-American game, knows that playing for Brown could really benefit his overall game.
"I've been talking to Coach Brown for a little while now, and he's just a cool guy. I know he has a great reputation, and it would be great to learn from since he's a Hall of Famer," Severe said. "I also like that we don't really talk about basketball too much. We just talk about regular things. I think that's great."
Severe has taken visits to George Washington, Rhode Island and St. John's but has recently received strong interest from a few Big East schools as well as Alabama and Fordham, both of which saw him play just a couple of weeks ago.
He does not currently have any other visits slated but if SMU does in fact offer, Severe said it's a strong possibility he will make his way to Dallas.
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