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The Pony Stampede Hilltop Review Aug. 26

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New interest from SMU for top Louisiana player

By: Billy Embody

2017 Madison Prep (La.) shooting guard Josh Anderson has had a lot going on recently with his summer of hoops, but especially with the flooding across South Louisiana. Anderson and his family saw his house flood and losing three cars in the flood.

"Everything is replaceable. It got up to four feet. Me and my mom are staying at her brother's house," Scout's No. 50 overall player said. 

With some schools looking at Anderson as a point guard and some as a shooting guard, he displayed the tools to be a point guard at the next level. His strengths including getting to the rim and his mid-range game, but is also working on consistency in his shot.

"My summer was kind of crazy. I kind of blew up some more. Some coaches saw I could score the ball, but also play defense. That's really what I showed this summer," Anderson said. "I was more aggressive on ball defense and I got more solid as a point guard. That's really where I improved is handling the ball."

LSU, Western Kentucky, NC State, Baylor, Texas A&M and SMU have shown a lot of interest in the four-star guard.

"Just how aggressive I am with the ball. They're just telling me how they like me attacking the rim and my athleticism. They like how I play both sides of the ball. Being 6-5 and being able to handle the ball, I feel like I can be a point guard."

SMU assistant coach KT Turner has been on Anderson, who likes that SMU is recruiting him as a point guard. He doesn't know much about SMU, but is planning a visit at some point.

"They're recruiting me to play point guard over there, which I like that. They were telling me to just come on a visit and see what I like about it. I'm trying to set something up over there."

The No. 1 shooting guard in Louisiana in 2017 says he's got a lot of work to do in his recruitment, which is why he plans a spring decision.

"Right now, I still haven't taken any of my official visits. I'm going to take a few of them and then see what's going on. After basketball season, I'll make my decision. I would say the main school that are standing out are LSU, NC State and Western Kentucky."

With Anderson's spring decision, SMU has plenty of time to continue to recruit this Scout Top 100 player.

2017 power forward setting visits

By: Patrick Engel

Atascocita (Texas) power forward Fabian White is nearing the home stretch of his recruitment. Though he has not released a top list of schools, White has set four visits with a couple schools vying for a fifth.

Houston will get the first visit for White on Sept. 3, followed by Boise State on Sept. 10, SMU on Sept. 17 and Iowa State on Sept. 30. Memphis, Arkansas and Creighton are contenders for his fifth visit. 

SMU has ramped up its pursuit of White this summer. He took an unofficial visit in June and saw campus for the first time.

“They’re big on player development and they’ve had some recent success, so I could come in and leave my mark” White said. “They just like me as a basketball player and I can play anywhere on the court.”

Among the SMU coaches, White said he talks mostly head coach Tim Jankovich, who has told him about SMU’s free-moving offense and emphasis on position-less basketball. When White takes his SMU official, he hopes to get a sense of the atmosphere on campus and the academic offerings.

“I’m going to talk to the business school people, and just good campus life,” White said. “Not too big a campus and just somewhere where I can make connections with the player and the coaches.”

With hometown school Houston, White likes everything Cougars head coach Kelvin Sampson offers.

“Coach Sampson is a big part of it. He’s a great coach,” White said. “He’s coached in the NBA and he knows what an NBA player needs to play like and look like.”

The 6-foot-7, 212-pound White said he plans to sign in the fall and is interested in studying business.

SMU commit visits scrimmage

By: Andrew Hattersley

As the 2016 season nears for SMU, they welcomed one of their current commits 2016 Denton Ryan HS (Tex.) outside linebacker Delano Robinson to check out one of their scrimmages. 

“It was good, very intense it was awesome, I talked with JT and Ken and I talked to Matt Davis,” Robinson said, “They just said they’re going to be better this year, they’re going to be a different team than we’ve seen before and they were just telling me that I need to be ready when I get up there and they’re going to improve a lot this year.” 

After checking out one of their scrimmages, the 5-11, 190-pound linebacker was impressed with what the coaches had to say and the way the team looked. 

“I feel like they are going to be better, the way I watched them in the scrimmage I feel like they’re going to do way better than they’ve done before, coach Loepp was telling me that they are just now getting the guys they want and are getting ready to turn the program around,” Robinson said. 

Not only is the SMU squad hard at work but so is Robinson getting ready for a season of his own. 

“My summer was pretty good; we’ve actually got a scrimmage today [Monday], I’ve been working on getting to the right place, flying to the ball, speed, ball skills, my biggest thing I need to do this year is interceptions,” Robinson said, “I need to show the coaches that I can make plays on the ball.” 

After committing to SMU in May, he has still been hearing from a couple schools including quite a bit from Air Force. 

“I am a little bit, but not much, but it’s going well I am good with SMU right now, so far as I’m concerned right now I’m pretty solid right now,” Robinson said. 

The Ryan linebacker is extremely excited to get to work with this staff and plans to be around the campus a lot more later this year. 

“I’m most excited for the coaching staff, they’re very welcoming, they know what they’re doing and I’m anxious to be around that family type environment,”I’m going to more games and stuff like that when the season starts.” 

SMU makes top six of MoKan Elite forward

By: Patrick Engel

SMU has been a consistent presence at MoKan Elite games in the past couple years and is recruiting a few members of the team that won the Nike Peach Jam in July. One is power forward Derrick Walker, who plays his high school basketball for Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas.

The 6-foot-8 Walker released a top six of Akron, Ball State, Oral Roberts, SMU, UIC and Wichita State. He has visits set for a couple of them.

“I’m taking a visit on Sept. 1 to UIC and on the 16th to Ball State,” Walker said. 

Walker is finalizing dates for visits to Akron and Oral Roberts. He hasn’t set a visit to SMU yet, but still is looking at the school.

“Everything’s good with SMU and I feel a good vibe. I mostly talk with coach K.T. (Turner),” Walker said. “Although he was stepping down, Larry Brown was a great coach. Even though he’s stepped down, I feel like everyone else is really up to date.” 

Walker has been talking to UIC head coach Steve McClain longer than McClain has had the job.

“Coach McClain, he’s a great guy and he’s been talking to me since he was an assistant at Indiana,” Walker said. “When he got the job at UIC, he kept talking to me.”

Walker has two more options in the Midwest in Akron and Ball State.

“With Ball State, I feel like they have really great energy and they’ve been recruiting me really hard,” Walker said. “They text me a lot, always want to know what I’m doing. They seem like they really care.”

Local program Wichita State has had great success recently, and it has Walker’s attention.

“Since I’m at Sunrise, we’ve built the relationship and I’m able to go on campus a lot and see what it’s like,” Walker said. “I’m able to talk to the players and see how they feel about it. I know Gregg Marshall is a great coach. On the court, he knows what he’s doing and off the court he’s still a great guy.”

Oral Roberts just hired former MoKan head coach Rodney Perry as an assistant. Perry and Walker have a strong relationship and Perry has been a mentor to Walker. 

“Perry, he’s the reason I’m here. He taught me the game and he’s always had my back,” Walker said. “Outside of basketball he’s a great guy to talk to and be around. He likes to have fun, but on the court it’s a business-like mentality. It’s always the approach that he and I have had and he holds me accountable for everything I do.”

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