There was plenty of talent on display on the courts in Atlanta for the adidas Uprising's stop in the Peach State. Here are the takeaways on the recruiting front for SMU.
The biggest SMU target in Atlanta this weekend was Kyler Edwards, who picked up a Houston offer after Kelvin Sampson watched him for much of the weekend. SMU, Iowa State and LSU are Edwards' top schools right now, who will sign early. Edwards told Scout that he doesn't need to take an official visit to SMU, having been so many times. With Texas offering Archie, that's the best thing that could have happened for SMU this weekend. Edwards displayed solid defense and got his offensive game together after a rough first outing.
The Urban DFW Elite guard picked up Texas and Florida offers from his play over the weekend, which is good news for SMU on the Edwards front, but SMU will have to play catch up now on Archie. LSU offered before the weekend after watching in Dallas and all the schools are enamored with his tenacity on the defensive end of the floor. One person compared him to a little more athletic Sterling Brown, so there's that. It'll be a tough pull, but SMU is certainly working to get in the mix for Archie.
One of the more impressive sequences from the weekend was Top 100 wing Sid Wilson's dunk to put his Castle Knights team up two late in the game against Moss' M33M Elite squad before hustling back and blocking a layup at the buzzer to seal the win. SMU offered on the spot. Wilson visited SMU last summer and was impressed when he was on campus. His recruitment is wide open and while he struggled at times against Top 100 wing Nassir Little, he's a player to watch for SMU now that the offer has been extended.
While T.J. Moss might hold an SMU offer, it doesn't appear that he's going to end up being a top target for SMU. Moss hasn't been overly impressive and SMU was more impressed watching Sid Wilson when the two went head-to-head. The staff is still in contact with Moss' dad, he said, but also isn't close to narrowing anything down just yet.
SMU also watched Basketball University big man Will Baker, who is getting a hard push from Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma. SMU could enter the mix here, but has to play catchup for the most part to get in the mix if they decide to on Baker.
Ramey-Jets United wing Torrence Watson is one that impressed much of the weekend, especially on the defensive side of the ball, guarding five-star Louisville point guard commit Courtney Ramey. SMU and LSU were among those impressed with Watson, who has Missouri high on his list and the Tigers were there watching for much of the weekend. He'd be a tough land, but is exactly what SMU looks for when they'd draw up a wing.
MBA Hoops shooting guard Tyron Brewer is one to watch for SMU as the evaluation period rolls along. Ole Miss, Southern Miss and UTEP have offered the 6-6 wing. Arguably one of the most athletic players on the floor, Brewer is teammates with a few uber-athletic big men, but he takes the jump for MBA, which says a lot. Brewer is completely wide open and SMU was blown away watching him. He's got plenty of bounce and is long. He'd be a great fit for SMU.
Another MBA Hoops prospect, Brown Eyisi looks the part at 6-9, 205 pounds and is uber-athletic. His recruitment is wide open with Long Beach State, Mississippi State, Portland, Princeton and Yale having offered. SMU watched him and Brewer and he's another player that impressed. He's the most aggressive player I watched all weekend, diving on the floor, playing physical and being a problem. He's raw offensively, but the tools are there that suggest SMU could enter the mix. His body is actually similar to Semi Ojeleye.
Running with Urban ASAK, Brock Cunningham is one that Tim Jankovich wanted to watch when he got into town on Saturday. Oklahoma is the team to beat here with the Sooners going all in on him. Cunningham didn't blow anyone out of the water in his performance, but faced stiff competition much of the weekend.
SMU hasn't offered Nigel Hawkins, but Will Baker's teammate on Basketball University has performed well and is one the staff continues to monitor. With Houston and Texas A&M offers, the 6-2 guard has some options. With SMU pushing hard for Edwards, Hawkins is a backup option at this point.
2019 North Crowley (Tex.) point guard Grant Sherfield put on a show for much of the weekend running with YGC36 and fellow SMU target Kyler Edwards. Sherfield said that the top schools he's hearing from right now are Kansas, Oklahoma State, SMU and UCLA and while there's a while before he makes a decision, SMU being close to home and the Mustangs' ability to keep winning after Larry Brown left are standing out.
Five-star big man Charles Bassey is one of the top prospects in 2019 and schools like Baylor, Kansas, SMU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Western Kentucky have already offered him. After this weekend, Bassey will continue to get major attention as Arizona and Kentucky both had eyes on him. Bassey is elite, but is still developing on the offensive side of the game, but did face up and hit a 15-footer from the baseline at one point. He's a difference maker on the defensive end.
The elite 2020 guard was outstanding all weekend, averaging around 36 points per game on the weekend. Kansas took notice, offering the guard after assistant Jerrance Howard watched on Saturday. Hampton also picked up a Texas offer after the weekend as well, with Shaka Smart having watched a game over the weekend. Hampton is far away from a decision of course, but SMU will have to do a lot for Hampton to end up a Mustang, even though his dad and coach, Roderick Hampton, played at SMU. If SMU did land Hampton, it'd be as big as Emmanuel Mudiay signing with SMU.
SMU is also in the hunt for a graduate transfer. Head inside the Pony Stampede forum below for tidbits on the staff's search for another player to add to the roster.