SMU assistant basketball coach Ulric Maligi said it best.
Larry Johnson is arguably the best high school player to come out of Dallas. He was the last McDonald's All-American to commit to SMU.
But ‘Grandmama' never played on the Hilltop. He started his career at Odessa College and eventually wound up at UNLV where he led the Runnin' Rebels to the Final Four.
Roughly 25 years later, Dallas Kimball shooting guard Keith Frazier has now taken Johnson's place as the king of high school basketball in Dallas and followed in his footsteps by being selected to the McDonald's All-American Game on Thursday.
Like Johnson, Frazier has the opportunity to stay home and truly build something special in his own backyard. But Big 12 programs such as Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech have all made very intriguing offers.
Will SMU see its big fish slip away yet again and fall into another decade of irrelevance?
Not under the watchful eye of the man simply known as the ‘Godfather'. He is after all the only coach to win a championship at both levels and is considered by many to be the savior of the SMU basketball program.
He's already stolen a few top prospects in the Class of 2013, landed some big-time transfers and assembled an all-star coach staff. Now all he needs to do is seal the deal.
What can Brown do for you Frazier?
"It would be a blessing to play for a Hall of Fame coach. I will learn a lot from Larry Brown if I were to choose SMU," Frazier said. "He brings a lot of knowledge from college to pro basketball. I think I can learn a lot from his knowledge of the game."
Frazier was on the Hilltop for an official visit earlier this month as rumors continue to circulate that SMU will be his eventual landing spot. While he didn't commit, Frazier spent a lot of time envisioning himself as a Mustang.
"I enjoyed my visit to SMU. The possibility of playing for a Hall of Fame coach and playing in my own backyard excited me a lot," Frazier said. "I can see myself playing at SMU because the coaches made me feel at home."
Before seeing SMU, Frazier made his way to Texas for an official visit. He didn't go into very many details but did say the Longhorns are also high on his list. But with Rick Barnes experiencing quite a bit of turmoil, it's safe to say SMU holds the edge.
Frazier also visited Texas Tech this week where Chris Walker has taken over as the interim head coach.
A soft-spoken sharpshooter, Frazier didn't expand on Texas Tech's situation and failed to give any more hints about SMU.
It seems like Brown will in fact have the opportunity to groom this Dallas native into one of the top players in the nation. But until Frazier signs his name on the dotted line, Pony fans will be on the edge of their seats.
With a Texas A&M visit possibly following, Frazier doesn't have a timetable for his decision but said it's coming ‘soon.'
Right now he's just honored to be playing in the most prestigious all-star game for high school basketball players and is focused on winning another state championship at Dallas Kimball.
"It's a blessing to be a part of the McDonald's All-American Game. I didn't expect to be picked. I want to thank everyone for being there for me," he said with a sparkle in his eye as Utah Jazz guard Mo Williams watched proudly. "My goal now is to win the title again starting with beating Bryan Adams on Tuesday."
Darrell Devaul contributed to this report
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