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We evaluate a trio of SMU basketball prospects inside!

Myles Turner- C, Euless Trinity

Size: Turner is incredibly athletic for his size. He needs to add more strength to his frame but runs the floor well for a big man and plays with great energy at all times. He is especially terrific at using his length to alter shots and compete for rebounds on both ends of the floor. He is a terrific post defender and can change games defensively with his blocks. Once he becomes more comfortable with physical play, Turner could become the most dominate center in the country.

Shooting: Turner loves to face up in the low post and knock down jump shots. He is a dual-threat in the pick-and-roll because of his great touch and ability to score from 18-20 feet away from the basket. Turner also utilizes the glass well with either band in the low block and loves to finish dunks over opponents. That combination of size, shooting, and athleticism make him lethal on fast breaks and nearly impossible to stop once he gets going.

Post Play: Turner has continued to improve on his low post moves since entering high school. He doesn't like getting physical with opponents and needs to work on being able to play with his back to the basket more. But Turner is a terrific passer and has all the tools to be a dominant post player. He finishes well under the basket with both hands and should continue to add more muscle as he gets older.

Side Note: Turner had originally trimmed his list of colleges down to eight, but decided to reconsider SMU after the Mustangs landed the commitment of five-star PG Emmanuel Mudiay.

Offers: SMU, Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Texas and more.

Measureables: 6-11, 225

Ranking: A five-star in the class of 2014 and No. 2 rated center.

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Chad Lott- PG, Byrd (LA) (2015)

Shooting: Lott's biggest strength is his ability to shoot from anywhere on the court. He has a terrific three-point shot and can hit mid-range jumpers as well. Lott is especially dangerous in the open floor because of his ability to score from inside and outside the paint with ease. Although he has played a lot of point guard, Lott has a score-first mentality because of his silky smooth jumper and ability to get to the basket.

Playmaking Ability: Lott is a combo-guard who can do a little bit of everything on the court. He uses his athleticism to attack the rim and set-up teammates for open shots or draw fouls on his opponents. But Lott needs to improve on staying in control of the ball and not getting careless with it. He has a terrific skill set, but sometimes tries to do too much and makes poor decisions as a result.

Defense: Lott is a very underrated defender. He uses his length and athleticism to cause havoc in passing lanes and shut down opponents. Lott picks up plenty of steals and blocks in a game by staying active and playing hard on both ends. He will continue to improve on his footwork to become a better one-on-one defender, but already has all the tools in place to make a difference on that end.

Side Note: Lott averaged 25 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block per game in leading Byrd to 22 wins and the regional round of the Class 5A playoffs. He also earned Class 5A all-state honorable mention recognition.

Offers: SMU, Arizona State, Colorado State, Creighton, Houston, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette and LSU.

Measureables: 6-3, 175

Ranking: A three-star in the class of 2015.

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Elijah Thomas- C, Lancaster (2015)

Post Play: Thomas is a terrific scorer in the post because of his great hands and footwork. He also has terrific coordination and does a great job keeping the ball up high in the paint. Thomas isn't a great athlete, but he can finish with both hands and over either shoulder. He can also knock down a face-up jumper and loves getting physical with opponents. He is still improving on his post moves, but his size and patience in the paint make him a force already.

Size: Thomas is still maturing and growing into his body. His lack of muscle definition has resulted in the nickname ‘Muffin.' but Thomas is not soft on the court. He is actually one of the strongest post players in the country and knows how to utilize his size very efficiently. If he can keep up with his conditioning, Thomas will be able to dominate college games on both ends of the floor.

Defense: Thomas is an excellent rebounder and decent shot blocker. His size allows him to carve out a spot on the floor and protect the paint, but his lack of athleticism limits his defense at times. Still, he is a rebounding machine and doesn't mind banging bodies with players in the paint. This combination of size and toughness makes him an intriguing prospect on the defensive end.

Side Note: Thomas recently transferred from Prime Prep to Lancaster. This will be his third school in as many years.

Offers: SMU, Alabama, Arizona, Baylor, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgetown, Houston, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota, Missouri, N.C. State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and more.

Measureables: 6-9, 240

Ranking: A five-star in the class of 2015 and No. 5 rated center.

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