It seems like having five-star prospects on the Hilltop is becoming the norm.
Just a few days after hosting one the top point guards in the nation in Emmanuel Mudiay, SMU received a visit from Euless Trinity big man Myles Turner, which just goes to show how much of an impacting Larry Brown has made in such a short period of time.
"Myles really enjoyed his visit," said Texas Select head coach Shawn Williams. "Larry Brown was very insightful and shared a lot of information with him. I think Myles really learned a lot and appreciated the time he got to spend with Coach Brown."
While on his visit, Turner got to tour the campus and see the renovations going on at Moody Coliseum. Williams says Turner understands the change in culture going on at SMU and that something truly special is happening in his backyard.
Even though Turner has interest from just about every high end program in America, SMU is right in the thick of things.
"Myles definitely does have strong interest in SMU. It's a very intriguing opportunity," Williams said. "SMU will have a chance amongst other schools to really make an impression on him. But I would say that he is really considering SMU."
Part of that reason is not only his relationship with Brown but also assistant coach Ulric Maligi, who has been recruiting the 7-foot, 240-pounder for quite some time.
"I think they have done a great job recruiting him. They were one of schools that got on him early and offered early," Williams said. "Myles has developed a good rapport with Coach Brown and Coach Maligi. They have a strong relationship."
Williams says Turner currently has no leaders, but his list will be trimmed down 10 later in the very near future.
"Myles hasn't really had the opportunity to look at schools. He's going through last year's process because he missed all of last season with an ankle injury so he's still looking at different schools and building relationships with coaches," Williams said. "We're really not in any rush to make a decision. During evaluation period, we are going to sit down and narrow it down."
Turner wasn't the only Texas Select player that recently made a visit. Arlington Martin shooting guard Nick Babb, who picked up an offer in early June, stopped by last weekend and also enjoyed his time on campus.
"Nick had a really great visit. I think all players walk away impress after talking to Coach Brown, but Nick was really blown away," Williams said. "Nick really liked the campus and how it's close to home. It was just a great visit overall for him."
The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder also 10 total offers but is concentrating on Arkansas, SMU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Tulsa.
"Those schools are the schools that are recruiting him the hardest. There are going to be more top programs who watch him play next summer, but he really likes the schools that have been there since Day 1," Williams said. "SMU is officially in his top schools. He loves the location, it being here in Dallas, and he loves the staff. Those are the two biggest reasons why they're up there."
Neither Babb nor Turner will be making any other visits this summer. Williams said they will instead focus on their AAU season. Williams expects both prospects to receive increased interest and says whichever school lands them will be getting two ‘very special players.'
"First and foremost, both of these kids are outstanding individuals. I've been coaching for 13 years, and these two kids can carry a team to high level," Williams said. "It's really rare to have to kids like these. They are great athletes, great students, great teammates and great players on the floor.
"The school that gets these kids will just be wowed. I give them both check pluses."
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