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Larry Brown Watches 2015 Point Guard

By Adam Grosbard

After three games in four days, you would think Larry Brown would deserve a day off to rest and prepare for the rest of conference play.

Instead, Brown and assistant coach K.T. Turner boarded a plane and flew to Los Angeles to watch three-star 2015 point guard Sedrick Barefield of Corona Centennial. Ray Barefield, Sedrick's father, says the visit went well.

"Centennial won, they played really well, they got off to a big lead, and played a pretty dominant performance," Ray said. "Sedrick played pretty well. He got a lot of people involved, he made a couple of big threes early, and really set the pace and tempo.

"They got out to a 16- or 18-0 start, and it was supposed to be a really tight game because Roosevelt is a good team, and I expect next time they play them they will play much better, but (Centennial) really got off to a great start and Sed had a lot to do with the tempo." v After the game, Brown made sure to talk to the 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior.

"They said hello and Coach Brown told him that they really love what they're seeing. They're excited about him," Ray said. "They like his game and they're very high on him. They've been recruiting him so he gets texts and phone calls. I think (Sedrick) feels honored in a lot of ways and grateful to have such a great coach and great program, really a great coaching staff, too, involved in his recruitment. He's really enjoying watching (SMU) play and it's been fun to watch them get better."

Sedrick received his SMU offer in December, during Turner's visit to Los Angeles. Since then, he and his father have been doing a lot of research on the school.

"We've been able to spend time looking at the schools, particularly the ones that Sedrick has interest in and the business school (at SMU), we know it's one of the better schools in the country," Ray said. "And the campus is a beautiful campus. We definitely need to get out there.

"So everything we've seen and the people we've talked to, whether it's family or friends, they've had nothing but good things to say about the school and the city."

Sedrick also holds offers from Memphis, Connecticut, UNLV, Creighton, Fresno State and Boston College and has received interest from Michigan.



Texas Titans Coach Talks SMU's Rise

By Adam Grosbard

In recent years, SMU has made a serious effort to reach out to local AAU programs to take advantage of the large pool of talent in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

One AAU squad with a number of SMU recruits is the Texas Titans. Their head coach, Scott Pospichal, has been very impressed with the Mustangs' rise.

"I mean, they went from having 500 people at their games to thousands. Who would have thought? Not too many people could have come in and done that," Pospichal said. "Let's just face it, (Larry Brown) is legendary. He's won at the highest level at the world. He's stood at the top of the mountain and put his flag there. If I were going to go climb Mount Everest tomorrow, I'd want to go with the guy that's climbed Mount Everest before.

"And these kids are having the opportunity now to go play for a guy who's won not only an NCAA national championship but also an NBA championship. He's coached at some of the greatest institutions that you can imagine and here he is today at SMU and looking at it from the outside looking in you sure like the way it looks."

When asked about how SMU has built relationships with AAU coaches such as himself, Pospichal had a very frank answer.

"I just think they're doing their job. Their job is to go out and recruit high-level players. They have to go out and recruit the kids that can compete against the schools like Kansas, like Kentucky, and that's their job," Pospichal said. "Look at the results today. They're lights out. So many people don't do what they get paid to do. That's not the case at SMU. Their coaching staff is lighting it up."



Pospichal Talks D.J. Hogg, Tyler Davis

By Adam Grosbard

One player from the Titans that SMU has focused on a lot is junior D.J. Hogg, a four-star small forward who plays high school ball at Plano West.

"D.J. is starting to get more aggressive, he's getting more athletic and his confidence is growing. He's kind of going through the normal maturing process that kids go through," Pospichal said. "The great thing for D.J. is that his skill level is so good but yet he still has a lot of room to improve. There's still a lot of growth in him. The good news is he wants to get better. D.J. is sweetheart and an unbelievable young man. Unbelievable."

Hogg holds a litany of offers from schools such as Arizona, Baylor, Iowa, Notre Dame, Missouri, TCU, Oregon, Texasand UCLA. But Pospichal thinks that the opportunity to stay close to home may be too good for Hogg or any Dallas kid to pass up.

"Naturally every mom or dad or just mom would love to watch their son play. To play local is a great thing and the fact that they've put a product together today that will allow him to do that is great," Pospichal said. "One college coach that represents a program down the street said, if you're going to look for McDonald's, you don't go seven states away for a Big Mac. And we serve the same Big Mac that they serve seven states away. Our program is a top-20 program and we've been to the final eight. And when you think about that, it is a great statement.

"Julius Randle did not have to go to Kentucky. He could have gone to Colin County Community College and Julius Randle, by all intents and purposes, is going to get drafted in the NBA draft. It's not Kentucky. He didn't have to go to Kentucky. Now, he chose Kentucky and it's an incredible program, but I think sometimes kids, they grow up and watch these programs on TV, and so that's kind of a lure to them. But now that SMU is doing what they've done and Baylor has done what they've done, I think that they have a great chance of keeping a lot of the Dallas-Fort Worth kids in the area."

Another one of those kids is Tyler Davis, a four-star 2015 center who was unable to play at Plano West this season due to eligibility issues.

"Tyler's got such a great attitude about everything. The plan for Tyler today is he's going to play in the NIKE EYBL. I know he would love to play in front of his classmates, but he's going to go play in the EYBL in front of about 300 college basketball coaches in the most elite competition there is today for kids who are juniors in high school," Pospichal said. "So that's going to be his focus. He's worked hard, and he's rehabbing his knee. Tyler is doing all the right things. He's handled everything with class. He's a much better young man than you would expect for kid that was put in that situation because his mother is an angelic lady."

Davis currently holds offers from Arizona, Baylor, Purdue, Texas, and Texas Tech as well as SMU.



Pospichal On King McClure, Djery Baptiste

By Adam Grosbard

Another big name on the Titans roster is King McClure, a five-star shooting guard who plays for Triple A Academy. In fact, Larry Brown watched him go up against Dallas Madison and Admon Gilder on Friday night. Pospichal reserved the highest praise for this junior.

"King is the best. It's hard to say, because of all the games D.J. has ever played for us, of all the games Tyler has ever played for us, they've both had special games," Pospichal said. "Tyler Davis's 32 and 19 performance in Minneapolis against the New Jersey Playerz was incredible. But what King McClure did against Team Takeover in the semifinals when we were a fifteen-and-under team, he goes for 30 and only misses three shots. And one of the shots he got the rebound and tipped it back in.

"King McClure is the most efficient and greatest teammate. A typical game for King would 8-for-13, maybe 9-for-14, 8-of-9 from the foul line, for 25 points. I mean that's a standard game. King is such a great teammate. He can defend, he's a piece of cake to coach. You look at King and say, it's all there."

McClure is receiving interest from all over the country. Currently he holds offers from Baylor, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, LSU, Marquette, Oklahoma, Texas and Oklahoma State. He also has received interest from Kentucky and North Carolina. But Pospichal thinks that McClure could decide that staying local is important to him.

"I wouldn't be surprised if he stayed close to home," Pospichal said.

The last member of the Titans on SMU's radar for the Class of 2015 is Djery Baptiste, a three-star center.

"He hasn't played this game since he was five. This is a game that Djery picked up later in life, but he works really, really hard," Pospichal said. "He does a really great job defending the rim and is a great defensive teammate, a great team defender. He's working hard on it every day. He just needs to continue to get better at catching the ball, passing the ball, and just a little bit more relaxed when he plays offense.

"When you coach a kid like Djery, you got to put him in spots where he can do the best and be the best. I think you have to be a little bit smarter in how you give him the ball and where you give him the ball. But he's definitely got a great road ahead."

Baptiste currently holds offers from Boston College, SMU and Vanderbilt.



De La Rosa updates recruitment

By Omar Majzoub

There aren't many uncommitted players left from the Class of 2014 that are expected to make a big impact at the college level.

Besides Myles Turner, the most talented big man left on SMU's board might be Christ the King (NY) center Adonis De La Rosa. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound De La Rosa is ranked as a three-star and has shown a lot of interest in SMU.

"I'm pretty interested in them," De La Rosa said. "They are building a great program and they have a Hall of Fame coaching staff. I like SMU, I just don't know a lot about them."

De La Rosa decided he was going to wait until the late spring before signing because he wants to be sure he makes the right decision. Still, he has remained in contact with the SMU coaching staff and five-star point guard Emmanuel Mudiay.

"I still talk to Coach Maligi and Coach Brown," he said. "I also stay in contact with Emmanuel Mudiay, too. I talk to him because I think he would be a great player to play with in college."

De La Rosa says he will start taking visits next month and SMU will most likely get a look. The only other school De La Rosa knows he wants to visit is Florida State.

"I had been waiting to hear back from SAT scores and everything went well with that," he said. "I'm just focused on my game right now and not too worried about where I'm going to play next."

This season, De La Rosa is averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds per game. He says his individual goal is to average a double-double, but he has higher expectations for his team.

"I love my team and were doing really well," he said. "We just won a tournament in Missouri and another one in New York with some of the best teams in the country. This season is going well and that's my only focus."



Oklahoma PG Visiting Soon

By Beionny Mickles

When the name Larry Brown is mentioned, people take notice. Let's face it, the guy just has that effect on people.

In fact, the 73-year-old icon is the number one reason why 2016 Oklahoma City Southeast point guard Dashawn McDowell plans on making the trip to Dallas to check out the program he is so quickly turning around.

"Larry Brown is one of the biggest reasons why," McDowell said. "He's a great coach."

There is widespread infatuation with the thought of playing for a Hall of Famer among high school recruits, and Brown has certainly taken advantage of that during his tenure at SMU, nabbing two five-star recruits thus far.

McDowell, who will watch SMU take on Memphis in Moody Coliseum on February 1, says he will be paying close attention to the NBA and NCAA champion-- and how he runs his squad.

"When I go there I want to see how the coaching is, how the players act, how the coaches treat the players whether they're winning or losing the game," McDowell said. "And to see what style of basketball they play."

The 6-foot-4, 165-pound athlete holds offers from Tulsa and Weber State but has yet to receive an offer from SMU. McDowell says he has, however, communicated with the SMU staff through Facebook.

The future of Oklahoma City Southeast admits that he is not very familiar with SMU's basketball team but is looking forward to seeing them square off with the twenty-third ranked Tigers.

"I haven't seen SMU play but I've seen Memphis and they're kind of rough – they like to go, so I'll just have to see what happens."

A complete player is how McDowell describes himself. He believes that he is capable of doing everything on the floor required of him even if that involves playing other positions.

"I can pretty much do everything you want me to do," McDowell said. "I'm a point guard but if you need me to play the three or the two, I'll do it. I'm a fast player, I like to go up and down and wear the defense out, I'll rebound – play defense, I do it all."

No matter what the outcome of the matchup, Brown and company have yet again gained the early interest of a potentially great player for the future. This in itself should have SMU fans excited about the years ahead.



Goulbourne Still Not Enrolled At SMU

By Scott Sanford

After accumulating over 20 offers over the course of his high school career, three-star Cypress Bay wide receiver Kadeem Goulbourne had high hopes to one day play for one of the top college football programs in the nation.

Instead, after suffering a broken foot early on in his senior season, most of the top programs that had offered him backed off.

With programs like Michigan State, Missouri, Tennessee and Wisconsin tempering their interest in the Florida native, coach Derrick Odum and SMU jumped into the mix. and Goulbourne fell in love with the program.

"I'm going to a great situation," Goulbourne said. "If you're a receiver this is the type of offense you want to play in. Sometimes, we need to get away from home to mature, and I want to grow into a great man at SMU."

Goulbourne, who verbally committed to SMU back in November, had planned to enroll at SMU and take classes during the spring semester, but the 6-foot-3, 190-pound receiver had a setback with his rehab and decided to hold off on enrolling in classes.

"I had a setback with my foot, so now I'm getting the proper rehab down here (in Florida). I'm getting bigger, faster and stronger, and I don't have to focus on school," Goulbourne explained. "When I come in May, Coach (June) Jones will be getting a healthy guy. This is crucial because I always want to think about my future first and this was the best for me."

Goulbourne missed a big chunk of his senior season because he broke his foot in October. He got the cast off right before Thanksgiving and was expecting to compete for a starting job in the spring before the setback occurred.

While Goulbourne is thankful and happy for the opportunity he will have to contribute early on at the Hilltop, it may take him a while to forget about the programs that rescinded their offers.

"I'm definitely coming to SMU with a chip on my shoulder," Goulbourne said. "I had big time offers, but now I've got a lot to prove to a lot of people, and I can't wait to get started."



3-Star WR Talks SMU Offer

By EJ Holland

It's clear SMU is determined to land a big, physical wide receiver in the Class of 2015.

Early offers have gone out to guys like Dallas Skyline's Carlos Strickland and Louisville's (MS) Dontae Jones. And just last week, the Mustangs extended another offer to three-star Waco Midway product Devontre Stricklin.

"My high school coach actually pulled me out of class and told me SMU had offered me," Stricklin said. "I was pretty surprised because I had never heard from SMU. I haven't talked to their coaches or anything."

His teammate, Khalil Haughton, who picked up an SMU offer that day as well, also stated that he had never been in contact with the staff. Stricklin hopes to hear from them soon, so he can learn more about the program.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder already holds offers from Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech and says he has great relationships with their coaches.

"Honestly, I really don't know much about SMU," Stricklin said. "Shakiel Randolph did call me though and me that he loved it up there. I'm going to talk about it some more with him but right now, I would say my interest is medium."

SMU certainly has a lot of work to do-- Stricklin committed to Baylor on Friday afternoon.



Quick Hits:

By EJ Holland

- Jason Phillips made an in-home visit with Shelby Walker on Tuesday. Despite other reports, June Jones was not present. Remember, he has been coaching in the East vs West Shrine Game.

- Phillips also made in-school visits with Darius Durall and Ryhem Malone, which led to his commitment. Both prospects will be making their officials on January 31.

- As far as the Phillips looking elsewhere rumor, we have no reason to believe that he is. Right now, he is on staff and is out recruiting.

- Tom Mason made a trip out to Rowlett this week and offered 2015 DE Charles Omenihu, who said the two didn't speak much when he was there but did have a nice phone conversation afterwards. We'll have more on Monday.

- With Malone committing early, the Ingram situation i going to get interesting. As reported, he picked up an offer from TCU as a corner this week. Sources say he's not all that thrilled about playing on the defensive side of the ball but is intrigued by the opportunity to play in the Big 12.

- An unnamed coach made a trip to Kennedale this past week to see 2015 running back Jawun Washington. We should have more details this week.

- It looks like SMU still wants to add another QB to the class. As reported, Jeff George Jr. will make his official on January 31, and Derrick Odum is flying out to Florida this week to see Alex Ogle.

- As always, Larry Brown and crew were on the trail. This week, they watched King McClure, Sedrick Barefield, Admon Gilder and Jalon Miller. Miller is a new name so you should know that he is a 3-star SF out of Seagoville.

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