Going into the start of his sophomore campaign, 2015 Byrd (LA) combo guard Chad Lott hadn't received a ton of interest from any college programs.
That all changed pretty quickly.
After averaging 25 points, eight rebounds and four assists a game as a sophomore this past season, Lott started to receive interest from some of the top programs around the country.
Lott has already picked up offers from LSU, SMU, Houston, Creighton and Colorado State, and is receiving interest from Arizona State, Baylor, Memphis, UCLA and Oklahoma State, among others.
SMU jumped into the mix when Lott had the chance to showcase his playing ability at the 25th annual Duncanville Great American Shootout in July while playing for the Louisiana Roundballers.
Considering Lott, was playing in a tournament with older, elite players, there was a bit of a learning curve. But Lott, no matter who he plays against, has consistently shown that he can score from anywhere on the court and can make the extra pass when needed.
"I thought I started off a little slow because I had to adjust to the competition a little," Lott said. "But by the end I feel like I had had the success that I wanted."
Obviously Lott played well enough to catch the eyes of the SMU coaching staff, specifically assistant coach Ulric Maligi, because following the conclusion of the tournament, Lott received his offer from SMU and was ecstatic about it.
"When they told me they were going to offer me, I was really excited because my coach (Carl Harris) knows a lot about the SMU program," Lott said. "So he can help me get to know the school more."
Carl Harris, program director and head coach of the Louisiana Roundballers, is good friends with Coach Maligi, which could help SMU get their foot in the door.
Although head coach Larry Brown was not in attendance to see Lott play, the 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard knows that playing under Brown would be an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and that in itself makes SMU worth looking into.
"He (Coach Brown) is one of the greatest coaches of all-time," explained Lott. "Playing for a winner like him would only help me become an all-around better player."
Lott has not had a chance to visit the campusbut does have family in Plano so he would like to make a visit in the near future.
Not only does Lott have family living in the area, but his older sibling actually attended SMU so he feels as if he knows a lot about the campus and school already.
"My brother went to SMU before Coach Brown got there and he always told me how nice it was," Lott said. "He has always said that I should look into the school more so I'm going to start doing that."
Lott admits that it feels good to finally be recognized for his hard work, but he knows he's got a long way to go and a lot of improving to do.
"I'm always going to have that score-first mentality because that's how my dad taught me," he said. "But I know the biggest thing I have to work on is driving and kicking the ball out so that I don't get to careless."
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