After giving his team the day off from practice Tuesday to prepare for finals, Larry Brown boarded a plane to Louisiana to visit Chad Lott, a three-star junior combo guard from Byrd (LA).
Brown spoke to the 2015 prospect before his game and stayed to watch him score 20 points, grab 10 rebounds and dish out seven assists against Fair Park. Needless to say, the visit from the living legend made quite the impression on Lott.
"It was really nice that he would come out. He told me he didn't come out to just watch my game, he came out to visit me," Lott said. "We just talked about how I'm doing in high school and stuff like that. He said there were a few things he wanted to talk to me about game. Afterwards, he texted me about things I could correct and advice he gave to me."
Lott is still gathering information about all of the schools interested in him, but his relationship with Brown will be a big factor in his recruitment.
"I don't know a whole lot (about SMU) at this point," he said. " I haven't done a lot of research but the relationship I have with Coach Brown and Coach Ulric (Maligi) is amazing."
Maligi made the initial contact with Lott, but since that time Brown has been his primary recruiter.
"I don't remember the last time I talked to Coach Ulric, but I talk to Coach Brown maybe twice a week," Lott said. "I could fit in at either guard position. Coach Brown's coached some legendary guards so it's not about how I fit because he'll make me better wherever I play."
Lott stands 6-foot-3 and weighs in at 175 pounds. He has been recruited by a variety of schools at both point and shooting guard and holds offers from Colorado State, Creighton, Houston, Louisiana-Lafayette, LSU and SMU.
While this list covers all bases from public to private, traditional programs to newcomers, Lott has a very simple criteria when it comes to which school he will choose.
"Where I fit in and where I can reach my goal of getting to the league," Lott said. "Wherever puts me in the position and where I have the best relationship with the coaches. I'm trying to go to the league so wherever can put me in the best position to go there is the school I'll choose."
Lott has been playing exceptional basketball for Byrd this season, which is off to a 10-1 start. In Byrd's win over Woodlawn on Wednesday night, Lott had 36 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.
While he has been playing great basketball, Lott is not sitting on his laurels. He intends to continue to improve in many areas of his game.
"I need to work on my defense especially," Lott said. "But I really want to work on making my team and teammates better."
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