After failing to land Dwight Howard, Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks put together a Plan B that seems like a total farce. It's clear the Mavs, just two years removed from a title, are destined for another year of mediocrity.
Meanwhile, something truly special is taking place just a few miles north of American Airlines Center. Hall of Fame head coach Larry Brown and his band of ace recruiter are assembling the best basketball team this city has seen since Dirk Nowitzki and company hoisted that trophy in 2011.
The Mustangs already landed a McDonald's All-American this past spring in Kimball's Keith Frazier and could very well have another on the roster this time next year. But if SMU fails to lure five-star point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, well, lets just say Brown's Plan B- four-star Mansfield Timberview product Alex Robinson- could still help the Ponies contend for championships.
"I'm still interested in SMU because I really like the coaching staff and it's local," Robinson said. "Playing close to home would be great because I would get a lot of support from family and friends. And it's a pretty good school."
Despite dealing with an illness, Robinson made some highlight passes, eye-popping slashes to the basket and guided his Texas Titans team to the championship game at the 25th Annual Great American Shootout last weekend.
And Brown was there to watch it all.
"It was great to play in front of Coach Brown. He usually talks to me after games and tells me how I did and what I need to improve on," Robinson said. "It's just good hearing from him because he's coached some of the best point guards to ever play the game.
"We have a really good relationship. It would be great to play for Coach Brown because he's one in a million. I feel like I could learn a lot from him and he could really help me improve on certain things. It would just be a great opportunity."
But it's not just Brown who's made an impact on Robinson. SMU assistant coach Ulric Maligi has also developed a strong bond with the 13th ranked point guard in 2014.
"Coach Ulric is pretty cool. I've actually known him since he was in Houston," Robinson said. "It's really beneficial that he's here at SMU now because he's a great guy to talk to. We keep in contact and have a great relationship."
Robinson was scheduled to make a visit to SMU earlier this month but had to cancel due to personal reasons. He did say, however, that he planned to make it for a game in the fall.
After taking part in the Las Vegas Classic next weekend, Robinson hopes to take trips to Miami, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt. The only school he's visited so far this summer is Pittsburgh.
"My visit to Pittsburgh went really well. I liked that it was in the city, and the area around there was really nice," he said. "Coach (Jamie) Dixon was a cool guy and told me I was a priority for them so I'm definitely interested."
Robinson says he will start to narrow his list down in late August but has no timetable for a decision.
Robinson: Larry Brown Is One In A Million
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