A long recruiting process for one of the nation's top point guards came to an end Wednesday night.
Scout.com's four star prospect Paul McCoy cast his lot to Southern Methodist University, a decision that caught a lot of people off guard.
"I think surprised a few people with this decision," McCoy told PonyStampede.com Thursday afternoon. "I have been thinking about it a lot, several things went into my final decision."
McCoy, who plans on enrolling at SMU for the first summer session, explained what three things he looked at in making his final choice.
"There were three main things I looked at. One was who wanted me the most, two was who needed me the most and the third was where I could make the biggest difference and the biggest impact at the fastest," McCoy explained. "Everyone wanted me, SMU needed me the most and I feel I can make the biggest difference in Dallas."
McCoy had previously signed with Pepperdine during the early signing period, but after the school's head coach resigned, the four star point guard decided to reopen his recruitment.
"I asked for my letter of intent back and they gave it to me since the head coach resigned," McCoy explained. "SMU, Virginia, Kentucky and Cal recruited me the hardest. I caught those coaches off guard when I told Coach Matt Doherty I was coming to SMU."
According to McCoy, Coach Doherty was very pleased with the news.
"He was really pumped up about it," McCoy said. "Coach and I have a great relationship, he is one of the main reasons I chose SMU. I look forward to playing for him the next few years."
McCoy feels that he has already qualified academically and there shouldn't be any holdups on his enrolling at the Dallas campus next month.
"They are doing all the paperwork now making sure everything is in order," McCoy said. "We both feel confident there won't be any problems with my grades or academic status."
One reason that McCoy went ahead and made the decision last night was to get the pressure situation over with.
"I have coaches calling and bugging me every night," McCoy said. "I need to concentrate on my studies; I know that SMU is where I belong and that I made the right choice. I can't wait to get there and start preparing for the fall. My goal is to help them win some more ballgames this year."
McCoy was impressed with the SMU campus on a recent visit.
"It looks great on paper and film, but it looks so much better in person," McCoy said. "I have family down there, so that will work out great."
McCoy, from Portland Oregon's Grant High School, will graduate later this month.