It's almost never too early for college programs to start recruiting prospects they believe can be special players some day. It appears the SMU coaching staff has found one of those elite prospects in Cameron McGriff.
McGriff, a Class of 2016 power forward from South Grand Prairie, has recently started to gain attention from schools across the state. But SMU was one of the first programs to contact McGriff early in his basketball career.
"I recently picked up an offer from them," he said. "They told me that they tried to offer me in eighth grade, but it just became official on Monday."
The 6-foot-6, 190-pounder averaged six points, five rebounds, and a block last season. He has been in contact with the Mustang coaching staff, which saw him in action earlier this week, a lot and believes he could be a good fit on the Hilltop.
"I really like the school," he said. "I would want to take a visit in the future because I enjoyed meeting their coaching staff a lot. I talked to Coach (Ulric) Maligi mostly, but I met Coach Larry Brown as well."
McGriff is young, but has a strong appreciation for what Brown has been able to accomplish in basketball. He says academics and coaching staff will most likely be the two biggest factors in his recruitment.
"It begins with the coaching staff most importantly," he said. "I want to play for a great coach. Next are probably academics. Also, the way the team decides to play is very important. Like if they run slow or if they play faster and how I would fit in."
McGriff is very raw and still improving on his game, but believes he is already an elite rebounder for his age. He says the more he grows into his frame and works on his skills, the more schools will start to show interest in him.
"I just found out that Houston offered me today and Texas came to see me on Monday," he said. "Right now though, my goal is to win a state championship and to let my seniors leave on a good note."
SMU created a lot of buzz a few weeks ago when they landed the verbal commitment of five-star point guard Emmanuel Mudiay. McGriff was unaware of Mudiay's decision but was very complimentary of the fellow Texas basketball star.
"I didn't know anything about that," he said. "Wow, that's one of the best players they have ever landed. He probably is going to be one or two years and done if he keeps working hard because he is really talented."
SMU is hoping to start landing recruits of Mudiay's caliber regularly. It may be a while before the Mustangs need to focus on their 2016 recruiting class but don't be surprised if McGriff is one of their main targets.
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