The class of 2015’s list of uncommitted players is rapidly shrinking, and many teams are trying to get as many recruits on campus as possible. SMU has had plenty of basketball players on campus in September, and Houston (Tex.) North Shore High School wing Jarrey Foster was the latest.
Foster took an official visit with his mom to SMU last Friday and Saturday and said he loved every bit of it.
“I love the campus and the hospitality of the students, environment and the community,” Foster said. “It’s a great feeling to be on campus, and you really couldn’t ask for anything better.”
Forward Jordan Tolbert hosted Foster. He met most of the team and hung out with Tolbert. Assistant coach Ulric Maligi gave him and his mom a tour of campus. But his favorite part was going to practice.
“I loved watching Coach Brown coach,” Foster said. “It showed a lot about the program and the team itself. It felt like a pro practice the way it was being ran. Everyone was competing, it was so fast. When it’s challenging, that’s where you want to be. You want to be somewhere where somebody in front of you will challenge you.”
Foster thinks Coach Brown and his staff are excellent teachers and care about every player’s development.
“When they see something wrong, they stop the whole practice. They don’t let things linger and turn into worse things. Coach Brown teaches, and that’s why the team is so smart and so good.”
Foster talked with Brown one-on-one, and the Hall of Fame coach told him that he wants to coach him and bring him to the Hilltop. Foster gushed about Brown and SMU, and even gave it a lofty position on his list of schools.
“There’s really not that many coaches out there as good as coach Brown, so hearing that from him is amazing,” Foster said. “Right now, SMU would be number one.”
Foster will sign in the early signing period in November, but he does not have a specific commitment date, saying he will commit “when it feels right.” He has an official visit to Louisiana-Lafayette scheduled for the first weekend of October.
SMU offers a lot to like on the basketball court, but Foster says he is looking for more than basketball in a school. First and foremost, he says he wants a school where he feels comfortable. Foster is also an aspiring engineer, so he wants a school with good academics and an engineering program. Lastly, he wants a team with good team chemistry. Foster said SMU satisfies all those requirements.
An ACL tear ended Foster’s AAU season early, but the 6-foot-5, 190-pounder says he has progressed exceptionally well in his rehab and is ahead of schedule after just 10 weeks. If all goes to plan, he will return to practice in late December and return to games in late January.