There is no question Larry Brown is building this SMU program for the future.
Plenty of 2016 offers have already been extended as Brown continues to work towards transforming SMU into a national power.
And while recruits that young may not remember Brown's illustrious career, they do realize something special is going on at SMU especially after the Mustangs landed the nation's top point guard in Emmanuel Mudiay.
Just ask rising sophomore Prime Prep shooting guard Terrance Ferguson.
"SMU immediately moved up in my top two after that," Ferguson said. "When I saw Emmanuel commit, it was crazy. I didn't know he was going to commit early. I thought he was going to wait till the end of the year like the rest of the seniors. But he made his move, and it was a great move."
Mudiay calls Ferguson his ‘little bro,' and believes he can be a dynamite player in the future. The SMU staff definitely agrees. Ferguson took multiple unofficial visits to SMU in the spring, and he plans on doing so again when the renovated Moody Coliseum opens its doors in January.
But it's not just potentially reuniting with Mudiay that has Ferguson intrigued. It's the opportunity to play for Brown.
"I talk to the coaching staff almost every day. Coach Brown is a great coach. He just tells me to keep my mind right," Ferguson said. "He told me not to let these early offers get to my head. He told me it's normal and that it's just another stage in my life so he's been really helpful. I think playing for him would be great."
While Ferguson is not yet rated by Scout, he's already a five-star prospect on ESPN and also holds offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas. At this point, Ferguson says it's too early to really focus on the recruiting process, but he does know what he's looking for in a college program.
"I'm just looking for a school that plays my kind of tempo. I'm a running guy. I'm a shooter. I like the schools that focus on that," he said. "I'm also just looking for a good basketball program and a great coach."
For now, Ferguson is gearing up for the upcoming season,
"My goals are just to get better. Being around guys like Emmanuel and Elijah (Thomas) makes me better anyway," he said. "I want to play smarter and be a better contributor than I was last year. I think we can do great and win it all this year."
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