The month of June is always popular for unofficial visits because it's the only time when players get a break from school and the AAU season simultaneously.
This year, the SMU coaching staff has taken full advantage of this time period by hosting numerous top-level prospects from all over the country.
Last Saturday, 2014 big man Terry Maston out of DeSoto was on campus to meet with the coaching staff and check out what the Hilltop has to offer.
"He went to SMU for his first unofficial visit on Saturday, and he is taking one to Houston this weekend," said Wes Grandstaff, assistant head coach of the Texas Team Elite. "Everybody is pretty interested in SMU right now because they are intrigued by Coach Larry Brown being there. He is a legend in coaching."
Grandstaff has just recently started to speak with Maston about his recruitment and believes SMU is strongly in the mix. He says they have discussed some of the important factors that will go into his decision-making like location and playing-time.
"I don't think TJ wants to go super far from home and he wants to play early," Grandstaff said. "That's why he likes SMU. He doesn't want to go sit behind a bunch of people. He wants opportunities to play and contribute. Remember, it's really early in the process for him, so he is still feeling everything out right now."
Maston holds offers from Oregon, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Houston, and more. At 6-foot-7, 200-pounds, he is still very raw and undeveloped. But Maston has elite athleticism that allows him to dominate the paint on both ends of the floor.
"He's a double-double every game," Grandstaff said. "He is a hustle player who is always in the right spot. You wont even realize it and he will have 12 to 14 points and 12 to 14 rebounds every night. He's crafty around the basket and can score the ball against bigger defenders. Overall, just a very important part of what we do."
Maston will use the summer to learn more about the schools who have contacted him, but plans on waiting until his senior year before making a decision. Meanwhile, SMU is hoping to build a relationship with Grandstaff and Texas Team Elite that would help them with their in-state recruiting.
"We sent Bryan Hopkins from our program to SMU a few years ago, so that's the only one so far," Grandstaff said. "But we don't have any problems with them at all, and we see how they are trying to turn it around over there. Hopefully, we can help them out with some of our guys."
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