Much of the focus of SMU’s 2016 recruiting class has been replenishing the frontcourt, with primary post players Markus Kennedy and Jordan Tolbert in their final seasons. But SMU is interested in potentially adding one more guard to its class, and one possibility is 2016 Bellarmine Prep (Wash.) point guard Malachi Flynn. SMU assistant K.T. Turner watched him on Feb. 20 and the two have talked a few times.
“He game to my game (vs. Kentwood) and I was able to talk to him a little bit. I talked to him (Turner) on the phone,” Flynn said. “He’s a really cool dude, and I’m definitely interested in SMU since they’ve started showing interest in me.”
SMU had been in contact with Flynn’s father for a few weeks, but Flynn first talked with the SMU staff about two weeks ago. Flynn does not have an offer from SMU yet, but a coach coming to watch him twice was an important step in increasing the chances of an offer.
In front of Turner, Flynn helped his team come from behind for a 67-63 win with 39 points and four assists. The following week, in front SMU associate head coach Tim Jankovich, Flynn had 28 points, but Bellarmine lost and Flynn was 10-of-27 from the floor.
Flynn has not visited SMU, but has two official visits left. Now that his season is over, he and his family will discuss the plans for those two visits. Flynn still doesn’t know a ton about SMU, but the coaches have told him they like his game.
“They told me about how they play, how they move the ball,” Flynn said. “They said that with Nic Moore going, they’d like somebody to come in right away and make a difference. Nic Moore, he’s really good. They said they like how I shoot it. Coach Turner actually said I remind him a little of Nic Moore, and that was a nice compliment.”
Flynn was originally committed to Pacific, but reopened his recruitment after the NCAA investigation self-imposed sanctions on the program that included scholarship reductions.
“When I heard what was going on, I just wanted to be able to have more options in case things went downhill,” he said.
Flynn has offers from Cal Poly, UC-Davis, Montana State, Columbia and Davidson. He said Washington State, San Diego, Seattle and Pepperdine are showing interest, in addition to SMU. SMU’s involvement with a player who reopened his recruitment due to NCAA issues at a school seems ironic, but he isn’t concerned with it right now because the postseason ban is over this year and SMU is appealing part of the scholarship reductions.
“We haven’t talked too much about that, but I know the postseason probation is over this year,” Flynn said.
The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Flynn averaged over 30 points per game for Bellarmine this season. He played AAU with Team Access. He doesn’t have a firm timeline for a college decision.
“I’m not in any rush to make a decision,” Flynn said. “I don’t really have a time, just whenever I really feel ready to make the decision, I’ll go ahead and do it.”