The opening of the newly renovated Moody Coliseum proved to be beneficial on multiple fronts for Larry Brown's SMU squad.
Not only did the sellout crowd will the home team to their first victory over a ranked opponent in over a decade, they also created an atmosphere quite appealing in the eyes of some highly touted recruits who were on hand for the matchup.
Four-star Plano West small forward D.J. Hogg attended the Mustangs' win over UConn and said that he noticed quite a difference this time around compared to his prior experience on the Hilltop.
"I think it's pretty nice, better than last year when I came for an unofficial visit," Hogg said. "We were going to come early, but we had shoot-around so we just came for the game. But we really enjoyed everything"
SMU put on quite the show for their crowd of 7,000. Hogg says the product Brown is putting on the floor is hard not to notice.
"I think they've gotten a lot better since Larry Brown has been here – a lot better than last year," Hogg said. "He is doing a really good job. I think they're going to keep improving with Emmanuel Mudiay coming in also."
With Hogg standing at 6-foot-7, 200-pound and having excellent range and scoring ability he believes that he could step in and become exactly the type of player Brown could use in his system. This season, he is averaging 20.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
"I think I would be a good fit. I could help them out a lot," Hogg said. "I like to get up and down and shoot. Up tempo – because up tempo usually means more shots, and I like to shoot the ball."
Hogg was accompanied by five-star big man Tyler Davis who was set to have a big year along side him but lost his eligibility. The two have developed a great relationship while at Plano West and they poked fun at each other after the game, saying the other was ‘weak.'
But make no mistake about it, the duo would love to play together at the next level, and SMU has been recruiting them hard. Brown has also taken the time to get to know Hogg, who says he hears from the legend on a regular basis.
"It's good – we text quite often," Hogg said. "He came to the Whataburger tournament to watch us play. "He thinks I'm a great player, and he'd love to be my coach for college. He thinks I have a chance to be really good."
With the Mustangs sporting an 11-3 record and a home schedule including Cincinnati, Houston, Louisville and Memphis, Hogg says that a return to Moody Coliseum in the future is a must.
"I'll probably come up a couple times when we get the invite," Hogg said. "It's not too far so it's not that much of an inconvenience, and it's fun to watch."
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