2016 Center Highly Interested in SMU

Schnider Herard has been racking up offers. We caught up with Derrick Shelby to see where SMU ranks!

The class of 2015 is shaping up to be a solid one for SMU basketball and with numerous top prospects still on the board, the SMU staff isn't close to being done with what could be a monster class.

The class of 2016 though is equally as promising with the likes of Dallas prospects Marques Bolden, Terrance Ferguson and DeAaron Fox out there to start, but one of the rawest, but most impressive prospects in the class is center Schnider Herard.

The SMU staff joined the likes of Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Nebraska, TCU, Kansas State and others after they offered the Haitian native in August.

"He was excited about it. Every time you guys were on TV we watched and actually came to a couple games," Herard's guardian Derrick Shelby said.

A lot has changed about SMU basketball though since the staff offered.

"It's big time. It didn't used to be like that. It was sold out," Shelby said. "Packed house, crazy fans and who's who in Dallas showing up to the games. It was pretty good."

Shelby even added that Moody Coliseum is set up like the world's most famous arena.

"The lighting is like you're in Madison Square Garden."

Aside from heading to games this season, Shelby and Herard haven't made it over to SMU recently, but plan on making a trip this summer.

There's no doubt though that Herard is interested.

"We like SMU. It's close to home, good education, good basketball program and a Hall of Fame coach," Shelby said. "What's not to like about it?"

That doesn't mean that Herard is set on SMU and will take his time, do his home work and take all his visits.

"He's still a couple years away. By this time next year, he'll probably have a little better idea as far as where he goes and all that," Shelby said. "The thing with Schneider is once he visits the schools, he'll decide pretty quickly where he wants to be."

Shelby is also the guardian for 2015 C D-Jery Baptiste, who also holds an SMU offer, but the pair isn't a package deal as of right now.

"They're both their own individual and I don't think it has any impact, good or bad," Shelby said. "I think they'll both make their decision independently and kind of go from there."

Both are trying to refine their footwork and agility this summer the most along with free throws. Herard is listed at 6-10, 240 pounds.

Herard was names to Fullcourt Press's Pangos All-South Frosh/Soph Camp Report as one of the 30 Cream of the Crop selections, right alongside Bolden, Ferguson and Fox.

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