2018 Denton (Tex.) Guyer forward Grayson Carter made the trip over to SMU's soldout matchup against Cincinnati, where the Mustangs came away with the win and was impressed in another return visit to Moody Coliseum.
"The atmosphere was crazy. The fans are amazing. Every home game is packed," Carter said. "It looks fun to play there."
Tim Jankovich's team doesn't have one standout player, but instead the team shares the ball and can look to anyone for scoring, which Carter likes.
"Just how much they share the ball. They don't have a go-to guy. Everybody is scoring in their offense," Carter said. "It's a pretty versatile offense and that's what I like most about it."
The 6-8, 215-pound forward talks with SMU assistant KT Turner regularly and has built a strong relationship with Turner along with SMU signee Everett Ray.
"He just told me to keep grinding and he was glad I came to the game," the former Bishop Dunne standout said. "He said I'm free to come up there anytime I want to. He's close to a lot of people that I'm close with. One of my best friends is Everett Ray, who is committed there. We train together."
SMU along with Baylor, Creighton, Rice, Texas, TCU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are coming after Texas' No. 2 power forward the hardest. Oklahoma State, Rice and SMU are standing out the most, but Carter said he's open to all schools.
"They're (SMU) high on my list. I'm definitely looking into them. I like the campus and people there. They're pretty good as far as I'm concerned. SMU has always been a big school for me," Carter said. "I think schools like that I'm great in school so they don't have to worry about me. I'm versatile on the floor so I can play multiple positions. I have great relationships at Rice and Oklahoma State."
After Guyer's playoff run ends, that's when Carter will begin to take some visits as he gears up for his last summer on the circuit. The Scout 100 prospect in 2018 has bounced back well after a broken ankle kept him out last year.
"My game has improved a lot and especially after last year missing the whole year and summer, it hurt my recruiting process," said Scout's No. 95 player in 2018. "I bounced back pretty well. I'm still catching up with my athleticism, but skill wise, I've got it back and I'm improving those skills I had."
His family will sit down towards the end of summer and decide where to take visits and cut his list down before likely signing early. The No. 23 ranked power forward in 2018 knows what he's looking for.
"Great academics, versatile offense, good coaching for development and NBA connections. SMU has all of those things so they're pretty high on my list."