Larry Brown scored the biggest victory in his tenure at SMU on Aug. 24, as Emmanuel Mudiay (Arlington, Texas/Prime Prep) committed to the Mustangs. The 6-5 point guard is ranked as fifth best prospect in the class of 2014 by ESPN Recruiting Nation.
Mudiay picked SMU over his other finalists Baylor, Kansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State.
Mudiay made his announcement during the Under Armour Elite 24 game in Brooklyn, N.Y. He said that the chance to play for Brown, a Hall of Fame coach, and stay close to home were the reasons he chose SMU.
Mudiay scored 22 points in the Elite 24 game and was named the game’s MVP.
"I want to do something different," Mudiay said. "The program is changing under Coach Brown and I really believe in him. When he talks with me it's not only about basketball, it's about life after the game: What are my interest outside the game and how I will be able to take care of myself and my family. My dream is to play in the NBA and I feel he can help prepare."
Mudiay is a big, physical guard with excellent vision and strong dribble-penetration skills. He also has the potential to become a superior defender.
Brown will look to Mudiay and 2013 McDonald’s All-American Keith Frazier (Dallas, Texas/Justin F. Kimball) to lead the Mustangs back to heights. The Mustangs have not reached the NCAA Tournament since 1993 and went 15-17 last season.
6-5 Frazier, the 49th best player in the class of 2013 according to ESPN, is one of seven newcomers on SMU’s 2013-14 roster. The other newcomers are three-star prospect Sterling Brown (Chicago, Ill./Proviso East), Ben Moore (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook), junior Yannick Moreira (South Plains College), junior Crandall Head (transfer from Illinois), sophomore Markus Kennedy (transfer from Villanova) and sophomore Nick Moore (transfer from Illinois State).
6-10 junior Cannen Cunningham, 6-7 junior Jalen Jones and 6-4 junior Ryan Manuel are also expected to contribute next season as well as this season.
Brown has also made offers to 2014 prospects including Elbert Robinson (Garland, Texas/Lakeview Centenial),Alex Robinson (Arlington, Texas/Timerberview), Dante Exum (Canberra, Australia/ Australian Institute of Sport), T.J. Maston (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) and Trent Brinkley (Dallas, Texas/ Justin F. Kimball). Elbert Robinson is ranked No. 60 and Alex Robinson is No. 89 in ESPN’s Top 100 2014 prospects. Exum is a four-star prospect while Maston has been given a two-star rating.
Brown is the only coach to have won championships at both the college (Kansas, 1988) and pro (Detroit Pistons, 2004) levels.