Baptiste, Schneider Pick Up SMU Offers

SMU recently offered a pair of talented big men. More on them inside!

The SMU basketball staff took advantage of the Emmanuel Mudiay commitment news by offering two top big men in 2015 Episcopal School of Dallas big man Djery Baptiste and 2016 McKinney Boyd center Herard Schneider just two days after Mudiay's commitment.

Derrick Shelby, Baptiste and Schneider's guardian, saw both of their recruitment pick up after the July evaluation period.

"Recently, after one school got started, that's when people started calling again," Shelby said of Baptiste. "We got a couple calls from some coaches saying they wanted to offer him a scholarship (his third in the last 50 days) and they want him on campus."

Baptiste also holds offers from Boston College, Kansas State and Texas A&M, while Schneider's recruitment has really taken off, with Kansas State and Texas A&M offering as well as Texas, Texas Tech, TCU and Indiana coming soon Shelby believes.

"He's getting a lot of those offers coming in, but Schneider isn't really focused on that yet," Shelby said. "He's still focused on learning English and working out and getting better.

"It's good for him to hear that so when someone calls and offers him a scholarship, he just salivates at that, and it shows his hard work is paying off and it really makes him work harder."

While Schneider, less than a year removed from being in Haiti, is focused more on adjusting to America, both Baptiste and Schneider understand what it means to have an offer from Larry Brown and SMU.

"Djery is a smart kid. He Googles, and he researches and all that," Shelby said. "He knows Larry Brown is a Hall of Fame coach and has coached on every level. There's only one Larry Brown out there. Colleges are taking notice that he (Baptiste) has gotten better, and he's going to continue to get better."

Schneider was more in shock that SMU got a commitment from Mudiay, especially since Kentucky was in the mix.

"He heard whispers that SMU was a lock, but you don't really believe it," Shelby said. "He's going to say no to Kentucky? It's kind of refreshing for a big time Dallas guy to stay here."

It only confirms something that most people recognize, SMU is the cool place to be right now and it's because of Brown.

"What is starting to happen is SMU is starting to become cool again and a lot of other colleges may fear that for a while SMU wasn't relevant," Shelby said. "Now they are very relevant, in a brand new conference with great competition and they just brought in two McDonald's All-Americans back-to-back. SMU has slowly, but surely has gotten to the point where it's cool again."

Baptiste and Schneider both made unofficial visits to SMU this summer and hear from the SMU staff frequently. It's safe to say a solid relationship has been forged between the pair and the SMU staff.

"Those guys (SMU coaches) show them some love and they're working hard," Shelby said. "They make sure they're seen and they don't want to hear a Dallas kid is getting away from them."

While SMU is very much high on the pair's list, there are still so many other schools for them to visit. Shelby wants them to take every visit they can that is a 3-4 hour drive away just so they can get a feel for what they like and where they feel comfortable.

The staff had reached out to try and get Baptiste and Schneider on campus for the SMU vs. Texas Tech football game, but it was Shelby's birthday so they had to postpone another trip to the Hilltop.

Shelby maintains that both will be dominant, especially Schneider, who is expected to add plenty of offers when he hits the floor for McKinney this Fall.

Until then, both continue to work tirelessly on their craft in preparation for their junior and senior seasons.

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