While SMU's success this season has come largely thanks to strong interior defense and solid guard play from Nic Moore, the Mustangs still lack that knock down shooter that could help take some pressure off of Moore and company.
And 6-foot-5, 175-pound Duncanville shooting guard Matt McQuaid has the skill set and shooting ability to be that perimeter threat SMU so desperately needs.
While McQuaid is known as one of the premiere sharp shooters in the Class of 2015, the junior has taken it upon himself to expand his game this season. He is averaging 14 points and six assists per game.
"I'm trying to put the ball on the floor more and take it to the hole," McQuaid said. "I've also worked on my one dribble pull up some. Just some things to help me get ready for the next level."
Earlier this month, McQuaid and his father made the short trip to Moody Coliseum for the SMU's game against Connecticut and, like many others, enjoyed their time on the Hilltop.
"I had a great time," McQuaid said. "I really liked the renovations that they did to the gym and the atmosphere with all of those people was really cool. It was the loudest SMU game I've ever been to."
McQuaid had to leave as soon as the game ended, so he wasn't able to see or talk to the SMU coaching staff, but he is in contact with Larry Brown and Ulric Maligi regularly.
The local shooting guard usually exchanges texts with either Brown or Maligi at least twice a week and appreciates how helpful they can be.
"It's nice that they take the time to check up on me," McQuaid explained. "The conversations with Coach Brown are usually quick, but he always helps me out with parts of my game and always asks how I'm doing."
Like most recruits, McQuaid knows that playing for a guy like Brown could do wonders for his game, but the junior still has a long way to go before making any decisions about where he'll play his college ball.
"It'd be a heck of an experience," McQuaid said on playing for Brown. "He's coached in the pros and in college so I know I would learn a lot from him, but I still have to make sure everything else about the school that I pick fits me well."
McQuaid said he is enjoying the recruiting process but is just taking everything in at this point and has no plans to start narrowing down his long list of offers any time soon.
Along with SMU, Creighton, Wichita State, Texas, Alabama and Stanford have shown the most interest in the sharp shooter.
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