2017 Christian Brothers (Tenn.) four-star shooting guard William Douglas committed to SMU on Friday afternoon, a source told Pony Stampede. Douglas’ school later confirmed the news in a tweet.
Douglas fills SMU’s likely fourth and final spot in the 2017 class, giving SMU as highly-touted of a class as the Mustangs have had in recent years. Tim Jankovich has clearly kept the momentum of the program going with this class and landing the No. 28 ranked shooting guard in 2017 is the biggest get of all.
The No. 2 shooting guard in Tennessee is the prized piece of the four-man class and will fill multiple positions for SMU.
When Jankovich elevated Jay Duncan to assistant coach, his first target he worked on was the 6-4, 175-pound guard. Once a long shot, the first-year assistant coach worked the Memphis target until things were looking good for SMU as of Thursday night. Friday, Douglas committed to the Mustangs, deciding against holding out until the spring to commit.
Douglas will play primarily out on the wing for SMU and once he moved over to M33M this summer, his recruiting took off.
Douglas spurned TCU, Michigan, Ole Miss, Memphis and others to commit to Jankovich and the Mustangs.
“I like that they work on lot on technique and shooting, that is a big thing for Coach (Tim) Jankovich,” Douglas told Scout’s Brian Snow in September. “That interests me a lot. I know if I went there I would get better.”
Douglas joins Everrett Ray, Elijah Landrum and Ethan Chargois. With Douglas as the four-star and the three three-stars, SMU is in line for a Top 25 class in just Jankovich’s first year as head coach.