First there was Keith Frazier. Then Emmanuel Mudiay.
So who will be the five-star in the Class of 2015 to continue to surprise the college basketball world by picking SMU?
It might be too early to tell. But Elijah Thomas, one of the nation's top big men, wouldn't be a bad guess. Thomas followed the Mudiay decision closely and didn't rule out following in his former teammate's footsteps.
"I thought it was a good decision. With SMU, his brother is going there so he gets to play with him and his family gets to come watch them so that's really cool," Thomas said. "Emmanuel is phenomenal. He's going to go out there and play hard every game so it was a great pick up for them.
"Before that happened, my interest in SMU was already high so it doesn't make that big of a difference, but it was cool."
Over the weekend, Thomas was on the Hilltop for an unofficial visit. While he enjoyed seeing the campus and the facilities again, his favorite part of the experience was simply speaking with head coach Larry Brown and the SMU coaching staff.
"I really enjoyed my visit. I had already been up there before so I just really enjoyed talking to the coaching staff. You know, SMU has great coaches," Thomas said. "I really like how they are teachers on and off the court. Coach Brown is great. He's a really cool guy, and I feel like I can learn a lot from him. It's going to be hard to turn them down."
With offers from some of the nation's top programs, Thomas has plenty of options to choose from. But the 6-foot-9, 270-pounder said his recruitment has taken a back seat as he continues to sort out where he'll be playing this season.
Rumors have been swirling around Twitterverse that Thomas has transferred to Lancaster but as of early last week, he was still at Prime Prep. But it's not likely that Thomas, who originally began his career at Rockwall, returns to Deion Sanders' charter school.
"To be honest, I've kind of kept quiet over the last couple of weeks. I haven't really been talking to a lot of coaches because I'm still trying to figure things out with school," Thomas said. "But once I start that back up again, I'll start planning more visits and determining favorites and all that."
Wherever Thomas players this year, he's sure to be one of the most dominant centers in the area. And if he decides to stay close to home for college, he would fill a big void for SMU.
"SMU will always be in play for me," he said. "Like I said, I really like Coach Brown, and I feel he can really help my game. The rest of the staff is great, and the school itself is great."
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