SMU Hoops Newest Offer Goes Out to 2015 Guard

2015 G Nico Clareth took it as a big compliment when he was offered by SMU. How interested is he?

The SMU basketball staff has been working tirelessly to recruit all over the country since the season ended in early April.

The program's most recent offer went out to class of 2015 guard Nico Clareth from Calvert Hall (MD). Clareth is a 6-foot-4, 190 pound shooting guard who says SMU got in contact with him earlier this week.

"I'm interested in any school that is willing to give me the opportunity," Clareth said. "Southern Methodist is an up and coming school. Emmanuel Mudiay is committed there and he is one of the guys I look up to. There must have been something he liked there, so there might be something I like as well."

Clareth, who plays for Baltimore's Finest in AAU, doesn't know Mudiay personally, but says the future SMU point guard is a big influence on him.

"I don't have any relationship with him," Clareth said. "I just really look up to him. I watch his videos and follow him. He's a great player and seems like a great person."

Clareth hasn't ever visited SMU before and doesn't know much about the school outside of the basketball program and a 30 for 30 ESPN film about the football program titled "Pony Excess." However, Clareth says SMU is near the top of his list because of the opportunity he would have playing for Larry Brown.

"It would mean a lot to play for Coach Brown. He has a ton of experience and a lot of teaching in him," Clareth said. "I'd be willing to listen to anything he can offer to help me get better in my game. ‘Hall of Famer' sure sounds like a good outlet. I took it as a huge compliment that they had interest in me."

Clareth has offers from Tennessee, San Diego State, UNLV, and "all the schools in my area." He's also received interest from Maryland, Virginia Tech, Marquette, Delaware, and more.

"Right now, my mom doesn't want me to be stressing out about any recruiting or for any of the coaches to be really bothering me," Clareth explained. "She wants me focused on my books. I will start talking to coaches this summer when school's over."

Clareth says he will spend the summer taking unofficial visits and talking to college coaches more. He is hoping to get invited to a few camps and show off his game to schools like Clemson, Wake Forest, and Georgia Tech.

"I liked those schools growing up. I am trying to get my high-major interest up," Clareth said. "My summer is going to be a really busy time while I learn about the schools interested in me. I think SMU will definitely get an unofficial visit from me. I would like to go somewhere it never rains."

Clareth is currently averaging 17 points per game during EYBL this year. He averaged 14 points, four rebounds, two blocks and one steal per game at Clareth Hall as a junior last season.

"I think I score the basketball pretty well. Right now, I'm working on my ball handling ability and getting a more consistent shot," Clareth said. "I can shoot, but I just want it to be one of those things where it's like ‘whatever you do, don't leave him open.'"

Clareth is expected to continue to rise up prospect rankings and gain more attention throughout the summer. With that in mind, the sharpshooter has lofty goals for himself and his team next season.

"I'm trying to crack the top 40 on ESPN's list of the top 100 players in my class. As far as school, I want to win a championship my last year of high school and get invited to a few things," Clareth said. "Ultimately, I want to be a McDonald's All-American."

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