SMU a ‘favorite' for Hogg

Local 4-Star SF Took in the SMU Louisville game, Had some big things to say about SMU

There was a very impressive list of recruits at the SMU vs. Louisville game last Wednesday. Among those in attendance was four-star Plano West forward D.J. Hogg.

Although SMU lost the game, Hogg was impressed with the atmosphere of new Moody Coliseum and thought the Mustangs put up a good fight.

"I think they played really well in the first half, but they let their lead go. I expected them to get it back and get the win at home, but Louisville is a real good team," Hogg said after the game. "It was a bigger environment than the Connecticut game, which was the last time that I was there. Moody just gives you a feel of a real college basketball game."

Hogg was also very complimentary of the Mustangs coaching staff and the job they have done recruiting him. The 6-foot-8, 200-pounder says assistant coach Ulric Maligi has built a very strong relationship with him.

"I think Coach Ulric is one of the best recruiters in the country. He's a great guy and just one of the best recruiters out there," Hogg said. "I also think Coach (Larry) Brown can get me to the next level. Me and Coach Ulric talk quite a bit and Coach Brown texts me every now and then."

Hogg says he is also talking to Texas, Baylor, Arizona, UCLA, Texas A&M, Creighton, and a few other schools. However, he really likes SMU's location because of how close to home they are.

"I think I would consider SMU a favorite," Hogg said. "I could see myself playing there, but I don't have a timetable for any decision or anything. I'm just taking it slow and focusing on improving my game."

This season, Hogg averaged 20.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He is a fantastic shooter with a good overall skill set. Hogg is also the No. 7 ranked small forward in his class.

As a member of the Texas Titans in AAU, Hogg has built friendships with some of the top players in the state. For example, Hogg is AAU and high school teammates with four-star big man Tyler Davis.

"Me, Tyler, and Elijah (Thomas) talk about coming and playing at SMU all the time," Hogg said. "We are trying to find the best fit for us and it might be here. We don't know yet."

Maligi and Brown are going hard after the top in-state players and landing the first one of them might be the key to getting the others.

If Hogg and other Texas players decide to stay in state and go to SMU, the Mustangs would have one of the best 2015 recruiting classes in the country.

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