When five-star point guard Emmanuel Mudiay committed to SMU, shockwaves were sent throughout the high school and AAU basketball circuits.
Since his verbal to the Mustangs, Mudiay has been ever diligent in his quest to find a high profiled big man to accompany him on the Hilltop next year – none better than fellow five0star, and Dallas native Myles Turner.
Before Mudiay signed with the Mustangs, Turner had all but made SMU an after thought. But with Hall of Fame head coach Larry Brown revitalizing the program and the addition of Mudiay,
Turner's AAU coach Shawn Williams believes the 6-foot-10, 223-pound Euless Trinity post player has legitimate interest in the Ponies.
"It's not so much about the school, it's about what Myles Turner feels like is going to be best for him as an individual," Williams said. "SMU registers with the Kansas', the Duke's and the UCLA's.
"Every kid within the state of Texas, in my opinion, that are being looked at on a nationally level, SMU registers with them. So for a top ten or twenty kid to mention SMU on their list, that's not a shock."
With a couple of schools on Turner's list recently adding other highly touted talent, there was speculation about whether or not the activity would have an effect on Turner's feelings toward certain programs. Williams doesn't see that being the case.
"I think he looked at them, but I don't think that any commitment that was made this past Friday deters what he and his family is looking at," Williams said. "At the end of the day, they're going to do what's best for Myles Turner. Myles can play with or against anybody."
Williams says Turner deliberately chose to wait to make his college decision in order to get a more in depth look at certain factors regarding each school. Turner's father is also on record saying his son plans to make a couple of unofficial visit to SMU this spring.
"Myles is looking at all schools and how each coach is playing particular players at his position," Williams said. "He wants a family atmosphere, he wants to be in a situation where the coach can develop him and get him better and he wants to be in a situation where he can immediately make an impact."
And there is no doubt Brown can help with that.
With Turner's incredible wingspan and frame that can certainly hold more weight, Williams is convinced when he hits the next level, people will like what they see.
"A lot of the guys that I've seen are close to a finished product. Myles is just scratching the surface of what he's going to be," Williams said. "From me coaching Myles over the past three or four years and me knowing his game probably better than anybody, I'd say his work ethic separates him. Those two things are what allows him to be projected higher or better than some of the other bigs across the country."
Williams believes when SMU landed Mudiay, it not only opened the eyes of Turner, but other talented players looking for a good school.
"It legitimizes SMU," Williams said. "As far as the kids are concerned, in the AAU circuit, all of a sudden it makes it cool to go to SMU. It's opened up the doors for other elite players to come to SMU.
"SMU is building and becoming a viable option for the elite kids in the country."
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