There were many big names at this weekend's Dallas NIKE EYBL but perhaps none bigger –at least when it comes to SMU recruiting- than five-star Prime Prep point guard Emmanuel Mudiay.
Playing for Texas Pro, Mudiay gave spectators a taste of what he's capable of as he slashed to the basket, knocked down jumpers and made precise passes. Although his team fell to Houston Hoops on Day 1, Mudiay scored 17 points and dished out seven assists.
Mudiay did not play on Day 2 but came back strong on the event's last day with 20 points. Overall, he says playing in the EYBL is helping him continue to reach his potential.
"It's a blessing to be out here," he said. "The fact that I'm getting to play and do what I love is great. I just have to keep grinding during this circuit and keep getting better."
While plenty of schools are trying to spark his interest, Mudiay is simply trying to focus on his favorites. In March, he trimmed his list down to 10 schools, which included SMU, and nothing has changed.
"I'm still looking at all 10, but I'm definitely really interested in SMU," Mudiay said. "I love all the coaches from Coach Ulric (Maligi) to Coach Jerrance (Howard) and of course, Coach (Larry) Brown. They are just nice people. Even the fans are nice, and the campus is nice so I really like what SMU has to offer."
The opportunity to play for a Hall of Famer in Brown may be too much to pass up. As Mudiay continues to grow as a player, he realizes that Brown cannot only mold him but also help him accomplish his dream of playing in the NBA.
"Coach Brown has been through it all so I would definitely learn a lot from him. Him being a point guard and coaching some of the best, I feel like it can really help my game," Mudiay said. "He's coached Allen Iverson and Chauncey Billups and some other greats so being able to play for him would just be amazing."
Mudiay also understands the culture at SMU is changing. He was impressed on a few of his unofficial visits this past season and says seeing five-star Dallas Kimball shooting guard Keith Frazier sign really opened his eyes.
"It wasn't a surprise when Keith decided to commit. I knew they were going to land somebody at some point. But that was their first big commit so it definitely plays a big part because I want to play with guys like Keith.
"(Building something special in Dallas with Keith) would be great. When I went to the SMU game against Memphis, they started chanting my name, and it just shows you that home loves you. There is nothing like home."
5-Star Point Guard Still High On SMU
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