Friday, August 23, 2013

Dallas prep Mudiay to choose SMU?


Blue-chip basketball point guard prospect Emmanuel Mudiay of Dallas’ Prime Prep Academy, who on Monday tweeted “sometimes you have to just shock the world,” just might do so tonight.

Some recruiting analysts believe the 6-foot-5 senior will choose Larry Brown’s SMU Mustangs over Kansas University, Kentucky, Baylor and Oklahoma State when he announces his college decision tonight during the Under Armour/Elite 24 game in New York (6 p.m., ESPNU).

SMU last competed in the NCAA Tournament in 1993. KU is considered a long shot at this time.

“Always hard to go against Cal (John Calipari) and UK in recruiting, but I am picking SMU to land arguably the No. 1 player in the country — Emmanuel Mudiay,” Jeff Goodman of wrote on Twitter.

“I interviewed Emmanuel Mudiay yesterday at Elite 24 and he is very high on SMU coach Larry Brown. Wouldn’t shock me if he went there,” tweeted analyst Adam Zagoria of

“A lot of signs pointing to Emmanuel Mudiay picking SMU tomorrow,” tweeted Jeff Borzello of

Theo Pinson, a 6-6 senior small forward from Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, N.C., who has committed to North Carolina, actually jumped over his mother to win Friday’s Elite 24 slam dunk contest. Devin Booker, a 6-5 senior from Moss Point (Miss.) High, won the three-point contest.

Several prospects considering KU will play in tonight’s game. Playing for Team Coney Island: No. 3-ranked (by Mudiay (6-5, Dallas Prime Prep Academy), No. 7 Rashad Vaughn (6-5, Findlay Prep, Henderson, Nev.), No. 8 Stanley Johnson (6-6, Mater Dei High, Santa Ana, Calif.), No. 19 Kelly Oubre (6-5, Bush High, Richmond, Texas), plus Stephen Zimmerman (7-0, Bishop Gorman High, Las Vegas), who is ranked No. 2 in the Class of 2015.

Playing for Team Bed-Stuy: No. 2 Tyus Jones (6-1, Apple Valley, Minn. High), No. 6 Myles Turner (6-11, Trinity High, Euless, Texas), No. 16 Justise Winslow (6-6, Houston St. John’s High) and Malik Newman (6-3, Callaway High, Jackson, Miss.), No. 1 player in the Class of 2015.

Releford in Belgium: Former KU guard Travis Releford has reported to training camp in Belgium. Earlier this summer, the Kansas City native signed a one-year deal with Okapi Aalstar. His contract allows him to return to the U.S. if he receives an NBA offer. Releford played for the Denver Nuggets in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Wiggins in town: KU freshman Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 player in the recruiting Class of 2013, on Friday arrived in Lawrence for the start of school on Monday. “Back in Lawrence, Kansas and loving every minute of it,” Wiggins, 6-foot-8 from Thornhill, Ontario, wrote on Twitter on Friday night. He attended summer school classes at KU in July.


Joan Kalivoda 8 months ago

Wonder if Bill can coach Wiggs as he sure blew Selby and Mclemore.


texashawk10 8 months ago

Mudiay has officially committed to Larry Brown and SMU. There is not a better coach in the country to learn how to play basketball than LB.


kerbyd 8 months ago

Not related but saw where Gary Woodland was kicking booty in the Barclays.


Jay Dogger 8 months ago

Mudiay hasn't actually announced yet, right?


Evan Bilyeu 8 months ago

That is soo great for their program! I am so happy for Larry Brown! I wanna see Coach Cal's reaction to it. I think that Tharpe will be here for the next two seasons and I think that Ellis will leave after junior year. I don't think Embiid will leave. He has only been playing the game four 4 years! He said in a interview that he would want to develop his game and get a lot better before he leaves Kansas. I think Selden will leave after his sophomore season.


William Blake 8 months ago

IMO, the PG position is equivalent to the QB in football. It is the most-important position on the floor and requires not only talent, but a complete knowledge of the rest of the players on the floor, the opposing teams' weaknesses, and knowing (inside-out) the philosophy of your coach.

I believe our best chances come from having experience at the PG position... not biting so much on the OADs at PG. Instead... recruit the players a tier down or so, who has room to grow and needs a minimum of 3 years at the college level.

We've got a good situation right now with Tharpe and Mason. Unless there exists the quality of player at PG equal to the gifts of someone like Wiggins... I'd rather go the other way and not change QBs every single year.

BTW: Go Larry!


Konkis Dongington III 8 months ago

I think its all the more interesting that UK has declined to offer Josh Perkins given that he's reportedly ready to announce and Mudiay was their top target. I don't see us landing a pg in the class of 2014 either. Duke is still leading with Jones and McLaughlin is probably staying out west (I've heard UCLA connected with him lately). Still, we should be okay. I've heard (but make no guarantees) that Myles Turner is prepared to commit on his Late Night visit (crosses fingers) and everyone is sayin KU has overtaken MSU for Cliff Alexander's services. If even one of those items comes true, it's been a very successful recruiting year.


namohcan_99 8 months ago

Happy for LB. I wish them nothing but success, except against KU, of course. ;)


Dirtyphog 8 months ago

Awesome snag for Larry!! If he didn't come to KU he picked the next best one on his list


GortHawker 8 months ago

Gotta be happy for LB, Go SMU!


baldwinbulldawg 8 months ago

Cant win them all I think I would rather have the point guard out of Minnesota anyway


TheDeepEnd 8 months ago

That Devin Booker kid that won the 3-point contest is the son of old MU point guard, Melvin Booker.


Brett McCabe 8 months ago

Recruits are allowed the following choices:

  1. Kansas
  2. Tulsa
  3. SMU
  4. Maryland

Any other school, and you have make a huge mistake.


jayhawkinATL 8 months ago

Guess I shouldn't freak out too much that we don't have a commit for 2014...UK only has one and he's only #9.


Bradly Moore 8 months ago

At least the kid isn't going to Kentucky. Good for coach Brown!!


petey55 8 months ago

Mudiay to SMU no big surprise. Prime Prep is Deion Sanders' Charter School. Deion Sanders' son plays football at SMU. I'd look for the pipeline to continue.


Robert Brock 8 months ago

Two thoughts:

1) Why isn't Cliff Alexander playing in the UA 24 Game?

2) I would love to see Mudiay play for Larry Brown. He would be the second HS AA at SMU


kevinfp50 8 months ago

I'd say if he is good enough he can go wherever he wants and still get plenty of attention. Just look at the top pick in the draft this year coming from UNLV


Hawk8086 8 months ago

It surprises me that Mudiay would go to SMU. Kids these days want tot go to high profile schools. Will SMU be on national TV that much? Will he get exposure in the NCAA tournament? No question that Brown is, arguably, the best teacher of the game of all time, so you can't argue with the logic of wanting to play for him. Also, he is a local kid and he gets to participate in the building of the SMU program. I guess that it's good that a top player might be doing something that makes a lot of sense.


yates33333 8 months ago

No shock to want to play for one of the greatest coaches in basketball history. Brown, if the players know BB history, is one of the all time greats even if not the greatest. I am surprised he doesn't have only high school all-Americans playing for him.

Hello jaybate! Good Luck and the usual skill this year.


jaybate 8 months ago

• Wigs is BACK in Larry!!!

Way to go Adidas!!!

• Mudiay to Dallas!

Way to go big oil!!!!

• Releford to Okapi!

Way to go Belgium Waffles!


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