Emmanuel Mudiay has already changed the way SMU is perceived without even stepping on the court in Moody Coliseum.
With McDonald's All-American Keith Frazier signing in the spring and Mudiay officially becoming a Mustang this past week, more and more elite players are starting to put SMU on their radars.
2016 four-star Prime Prep shooting guard Terrance Ferguson says SMU immediately climbed to the top of his list after watching his teammate sign with the Ponies last Tuesday.
"Seeing Emmanuel commit to SMU definitely brought them up on my list. We'll see if he stays there after next year, but I would love to play with him again in college," Ferguson said. "He's the best point guard I've ever played with in my whole life.
"He brings everything to the court. He's a leader. He can do anything. He's an all-around point guard. He's going to make you a better player and person on and off the court."
Ferguson is pretty versatile himself. At 6-foot-5, 175-pounds, Ferguson can play both the two and three and is constantly a matchup nightmare due to his athleticism. But what really makes the supper sophomore stand out from the pack is his ability to knock down shots from anywhere on the court.
With SMU in need of some pure shooters for the future, Ferguson could very well be the next highly touted Prime Prep prospect to ‘shock the world' and side with the Mustangs. After all, the opportunity to stay close to home and play for a Hall of Famer in Larry Brown may be too much to pass up.
"I really like SMU because of Coach Brown. He's an all-star coach. I mean, he's coached all the great players," Ferguson said. "It would be a real blessing to play for him. I feel like I could learn a lot from him if I were to go to SMU."
SMU offered Ferguson in the spring and has been recruiting him hard ever since. Assistant coach Ulric Maligi visited Ferguson at Prime Prep a few weeks ago and was also in attendance, along with Brown, at Friday's game against Triple A Academy.
"I have a really good relationship with Coach Ulric. He just told me more about SMU and gave me some good advice," Ferguson said. "He told me to be the best player I can be and don't look to be good, look to be great. Try something new and get out of your comfort zone. "
Ferguson will return the favor by making a couple of unofficial visits to SMU in the spring. Along with SMU, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech are some of his early favorites.
But with two years to go before he has to make a decision, Ferguson is simply focused on his sophomore season.
"When my time comes, it's going to be great," Ferguson said. "But right now, I'm ready for the rest of the season. We just have to get tougher and smarter. Our goal is to win every game. We want to get to the national championship and win it."
4-Star Shooting Guard High On SMU
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