Apparently, the SMU coaches aren't the only ones doing a little bit of recruiting for the basketball program these days. It appears newest commit, five-star point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, is also looking for a big man he can play with next season and has been calling possible candidates.
One of those players is 2014 three-star center Adonis De La Rosa from Christ The King (NY). De La Rosa says he has high interest in SMU, and Mudiay is a big reason for that.
"I have been talking to Emmanuel ever since he committed," he said. "He was telling me he wants me down there and to try to come down, so you know that means a lot. We will see what happens."
The 6-foot-10, 250-pounder says the coaching staff is ‘definitely' the most attractive part about SMU because of their experience and success at every level.
"SMU is a good school," he said. "I like the school a lot, but at this point I'm just focusing on my school year right now. I'm not ready to narrow down any college choices. Right now, I'm open to everybody."
SMU was one of the first programs to call and offer De La Rosa, but he has taken his recruitment very slowly. His older brother, Joey, is a junior at Florida International and warned Adonis to pick the school with the right system.
"I want a college that is going to feed their bigs," he said. "I want to play at a college that has a very good résumé with big men. At this point I'm talking to a lot of schools."
De La Rosa has improved tremendously on his game the last couple years. He continues to drop weight, after losing 30 pounds last summer and hopes to continue to develop his game even more.
"I'm great in the low post," he said. "My biggest strength is fighting down in the post and attacking defenders with my size."
De La Rosa dominates the paint with good hands and great touch around the basket. He has also started to improve on defense by working on his footwork. After winning the Federations Championship last year, De La Rosa has his goals set even higher for this season.
"I want to win a state championship," he said. "I know we can do it. I also will be trying to find a school that I will be successful at next year."
De La Rosa has received plenty of interest from programs across the nation. He holds offers from SMU, Memphis, St. John's, Georgetown, Providence, Hofstra, and Drexel. He also says he has spoken with Kansas, Kansas State, Miami, and Pittsburgh recently and will decide on official visits next month.
"It's not an easy decision," he said. "I'm going to start narrowing down my schools as soon as I get my SAT scores back. I think that will be in October, so I will know much more then."
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