SMU Basketball Wish List

The Pony Stampede staff has a wish list for the rest of hoops season and who SMU could land in the 2015 class!

Billy: PF Shawntrez Davis

The 3-star Sound Doctrine Christian power forward is a bully down low, which SMU has missed this season without Markus Kennedy. There’s a certain adjective of basketball that is attached to SMU and that’s physical. Without Kennedy, SMU loses some of that so Davis would fill a major need if the staff can land him. He’s got the frame to fill out from 205 pounds to 230-240 and be a brute. SMU needs to get Davis on campus and in for a big game at Moody to have a chance to land the Georgia forward.

Scott: Finishes the season strong

The Mustangs were in good position to make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1993, but then finished the regular season with two straight losses and couldn't make it past the first round of the AAC tournament after a loss to Houston. Those three straight losses, in my opinion, ultimately are what cost the Mustangs their tournament bid. With 9 returning contributors plus the addition of Justin Martin, this team once again has the depth to make a run in March. Conference play will be critical, but even more so the conference tournament will be important. With a weaker conference this season, a first-round loss in that would be the end of the Mustangs' March Madness hopes.

Patrick: Execute

I'll keep my focus on the second half of this basketball season. SMU is peaking at the right time and looks like the team to beat in the AAC. But I've still seen some flaws during the Mustangs' six-game winning streak, most notably turnovers, missed free throws and a few bad shots. I have one simple wish: Execute. Cut down the turnovers, make free throws and look to make the extra pass instead of forcing a shot. Executing the simple aspects of the game will make the Mustangs a much more dangerous team in whatever postseason event they end up in.

Hatts: PF Simeon Carter

SMU has a very solid recruiting class coming in already but West Charlotte (NC) High School PF Simeon Carter could be the finishing touch this class needs. Carter provides good length at 6’9, and would seem to fit well with a player like Jordan Tolbert. Carter might not be the offensive threat that SMU is looking for but he provides a lot for coach Brown and his staff to work with. He is raw, which would allow this staff to work with him on becoming the player that he hopes to be while still providing an edge rebounding in his freshman year. One thing I would like to see is for Carter to bulk up a little bit more, but I certainly think that is something he could accomplish while at SMU. There will be opportunities for SMU to grab a banger similar to Markus Kennedy in future classes but for now I think they can live with an athletic and solid defender like Carter.

Demo: A more dominant Yanick Moreira

We’ve all thought this at some point this season: how on, God’s green earth, did Yanick miss that dunk? Too often it takes Moreira a half to get into a game and start playing at a high level. He is averaging 12.9 points and 6.6 rebounds a game- which isn’t bad, its actually pretty good, but it feels like he could be even better. There has been at least four or five games, where Moriera has a three inch height advantage over the tallest opposing player. Yet, it still takes a him a good chunk of minutes to realize that that tiny player can’t guard him and he can score all day. Once he gets going, it’s fun to watch and I can only hope that having Markus Kennedy back will help him get going a lot sooner.

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