It seems SMU is the place to be for everyone since Larry Brown came to town, from Johnny Manziel, to Wale, to most importantly, high level prospects and this weekend saw 2015 Legacy Charter (SC) point guard Jawun Evans visit SMU and in addition, the staff extended an offer.
"It adds another school to the recruitment," said Evans' AAU coach Lamont Simmons."He loved the campus, liked the coaches and actually liked the city pretty good."
Simmons said Evans was impressed with the visit but most importantly, it was the atmosphere of the program that stood out.
"Just the way they took him in and they came in and made him feel comfortable and really just understanding him and really just getting to know him," Simmons said. "I think a lot of young kids don't understand a lot about SMU."
But that is quickly changing under Brown.
"I think with having Larry Brown it's at least catching people's eyes and once they get on campus and getting into town to see how beautiful it is that changed a lot things up," Simmons said.
The Hilltop is one beautiful campus, but Brown's credentials and his great staff are another plus for SMU in any player's recruitment.
"You got a head coach that has got ties to the NBA for over 30 years. He coached most of the CEOs, head coaches and assistants at some level," Simmons said. "You've got former NBA players on the staff in Eric Snow and George Lynch in the strength of conditioning and then they got the young guy Ulric (Maligi), who has done a tremendously great job."
SMU has also just hired an assistant K.T. Turner to replace the departed Jerrance Howard and Turner's reputation is a positive for SMU if they'd like to land Evans since he is a friend of Simmons.
"I think K.T. brings a lot to the table," Simmons said. "He has been recruiting some of my guys for a while from Wichita State. K.T. is a real good guy. I think he brings a lot of charisma."
With Turner and Maligi having a great relationship, they can easily form a good tandem to go along with Brown and make had push for the 6-foot-, 165-pound ball handler. According to Simmons, SMU's early offer says a lot about their interest in Evans.
"One of the things is really seeing how interested the school is. People will say they love you, but if you love him without an offer, it doesn't say a lot," Simmons said. "If a school shows you a lot of love and say they're interested in you then you'll hear from them a lot. The first one on the scene usually turns out pretty good."
Another aspect of Evans recruitment is his relationship with 2014 power forward Dante Buford, who grew up with Evans before moving to Florida. Both prospects seem to have high interest and enjoyed their time together on campus.
Evans has his sights on the next level and getting to the NBA, where Brown's experience could be key to helping him achieve his dream.
"From a basketball perspective, he's really looking for a school that he can really embrace and take his game to another level," Simmons said. "I think he definitely wants to play beyond college so that's definitely a major factor in having a coaching staff to bring the best out of him and utilize his talent whereas it can benefit not only the program down the road, but him also."
Evans is also looking for a school that has a high quality academic experience, but there is something even more important to him.
"He definitely wants to have that home feel," Simmons said. "Coming from down here in South Carolina, he wants to feel at home."
Evans also holds offers from Cincinnati, Clemson and DePaul, but his recruitment is expected to heat up as he continues to visit schools this summer.
Evans Excited About SMU Offer After Visit
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