When Emmanuel Mudiay signed with SMU, it was bound to send a message to other recruits around Dallas and the country that the Mustangs had arrived.
The message did not have to travel too far to reach Mudiay's Prime Prep teammate, Terrance Ferguson, a five-star shooting guard from the class of 2016.
While he is still a couple of years younger than Mudiay, Ferguson says that if he had the chance to team up with Mudiay at SMU he would take it.
"Emmanuel is always on me about joining the Pony squad. He's a great player," Ferguson said. "I still have time but it (would) be great to play with him again. I would (commit to SMU) to play with him if I had the opportunity."
At the SMU game against Louisville, Ferguson sat next to Mudiay to take in a Moody atmosphere that impressed him again.
"It's crazy. I had never seen it this loud. This was probably the game of the year right here," Ferguson said. "I had a great time even though we came out with a loss. We will bounce back and hopefully make the tournament."
Though he is local kid, the 6-foot-5, 175-pound Ferguson has yet to visit the SMU campus. What is really drawing his attention so far is some of the same factors that have been appealing to numerous SMU recruits.
"Just the coaching staff and the fan base. It is crazy out here. And it's close to home," Ferguson said.
Ferguson's primary recruiter has been assistant coach Ulric Maligi, who keeps in regular contact with the sophomore.
"We talk probably more than once a week. We talk all the time," Ferguson said. "It's good to have a coach that isn't always about basketball and sometimes is about fun and that's how Coach Ulric is. He's a good coach."
Ferguson is a shooting guard in the image of Tracy McGrady. He is long and athletic with an ability to attack the basket. His creativity with the ball leads to some ridiculous dunks. He can also shoot the three-ball with ease from all angles on the court.
Ferguson holds offers from SMU, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, TCU, Houston, and New Mexico and also has received interest from Kansas. Just this week, he revealed he had been selected for the second time to represent the United States at the World Championship in Dubai, an opportunity the sophomore says he is "blessed" to have.