SMU basketball landed the fourth member of its Class of 2015 when Douglass HS (Tenn.) guard LaGerald Vick pledged to the Mustangs on Wednesday afternoon. Vick, a four-star prospect, chose SMU over Georgia Tech and Western Kentucky. He said the biggest reason he picked SMU was because of the coaching staff.
Instead of entering college as a member of the 2015 class, Vick is going to do a year of prep school and head to college as a member of the 2016 class.
“I like the confidence they have in me, and they believe in me,” Vick said.
Vick’s former AAU coach, Norton Hurd, also acknowledged that SMU’s staff drew him to committing.
“They believe in LaGerald Vick like I believe in him, like his mom believes in him and like his high school coach believes in him,” Hurd, the coach of AAU Team Thad, said. “Anytime you have a college coach, especially a Hall of Fame coach, that believes in him like that, it’s a great fit.”
SMU Head Coach Larry Brown first watched the Memphis native play during the July live periods, but started aggressively pursuing him in September. Brown and assistant coach Ulric Maligi traveled to Memphis to watch Vick multiple times since the school year started. Vick has developed a good relationship with both coaches, Hurd said.
Vick took his official visit to SMU in early October. He loved the campus, but he said that practice impressed him the most.
“They are really well-coached and the practice is organized,” Vick said.
Hurd said Vick was close to committing to Florida State at the start of the school year, but fellow 2015 guard Malik Beasley and 2015 small forward Dwayne Bacon committed to the Seminoles in early September. Vick then reopened his options.
Vick said he will likely play combo guard at SMU. Hurd detailed the 6-foot-4, 180-pounder’s offensive strengths.
“He’s got a knack for scoring. He’s one of the best scorers in the country,” Hurd said. “He can shoot the ball from NBA range and create his own shot. He can play above the rim in traffic and score in the paint. I believe he had four 40-point games last year and led the whole state of Tennessee in scoring in the AA district.”
Hurd said Vick is firmly committed, adding, “It would have to be an earthquake or something” for him to decommit.
Vick says he wants to study sports management at SMU. In addition to his final three schools, he had offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, Mississippi, Florida State, Baylor, Tennessee, Memphis and Providence.
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