2014 Prime Prep point guard Emmanuel Mudiay recently made waves in the basketball recruiting world when he trimmed his list down to 10 schools.
Among them were national powers such as Kansas, Kentucky and Louisville. But arguably the most surprising school that made the cut was SMU. But it really shouldn't come as a shock to anyone.
After all, the Ponies are finalists to land five-star 2013 shooting guard Keith Frazier, and many more nationally ranked recruits are considering playing on the Hilltop under a Hall of Fame coach- including Mudiay.
"SMU is a great program. With Larry Brown there, they are really starting to build the program back up," Mudiay said. "It would be a good school to be at. There is still a lot I want to learn about it, and I want to keep taking visits there."
Ranked as the No. 3 overall prospect in his class, Mudiay obviously has NBA level talent as does Frazier. The two of them on one team would truly be something special, and Mudiay just smirked at the very mention of the possibility.
But he knows he still has a lot of room to grow and a long way to go to be like one of his idols- former Philadelphia 76ers point guard Allen Iverson. If there is one coach who can mold him into a similar player, Mudiay knows it's Brown.
"Coach Brown coached one of the greatest point guards of all-time in Allen Iverson so I feel I could learn a lot playing under him," he said. "It would really help my game.
"The fact that Coach Brown himself has been recruiting me means a lot to me. He came to a few of our games this year, and I got to talk to him, and he gave me some good advice. I feel like we have a great relationship."
That bond could easily be a deciding factor later on this year. Mudiay, who recently took an unofficial visit to Baylor and received an in-school visit from Kentucky a few weeks ago, frequented SMU games this past season and admitted it would be nice to help turnaround his local program.
"It would be great to stay in Dallas and play my college ball here," he said. "My family is here, and it would be great to play in front of them and my friends. I also feel like I could really help SMU do something great. But then again, I have more options, and there is no guarantee that I'll stay here."
Other schools in the running for Mudiay's services are Arizona, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, St. John's, and Texas. Mudiay has no timetable set for making a decision and for now, he's just focused on winning a national title when Prime Prep takes part in the National High School Invitational in Maryland next month.
"I'm excited about playing for the national championship," he said. "I feel like we can definitely go out there and bring it back. It's going to be really special since this is our first year together at Prime Prep."
Darrell Devaul contributed to this report
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