SMU landed its first commitment in the 2014 class Saturday night, and Larry Brown reeled in quite the big one in elite prospect Emmanuel Mudiay.
Emmanuel Mudiay hopes to lift SMU to a new level.
Prior to this summer, Mudiay, a 6-5, 190-pound point guard from Arlington (Texas) Prime Prep Academy, was penciled in as a future Kentucky commitment by most analyst. Baylor seemed to be the strongest threat if Mudiay chose to stay close to home.
In July, however, it was clear that SMU had gained traction with Mudiay as Larry Brown and his staff relentlessly tracked Mudiay throughout the July evaluation period.
The hard work of the SMU staff was rewarded during half time of the Elite 24 all star game when Mudiay announced his commitment to the Mustangs.
The No. 1 ranked prospect by 247Sports and the No. 2 ranked prospect in the 247Composite, Mudiay opted for SMU because of its proximity to his home, the chance to play for a Hall of Fame caliber head coach and the Christian environment the school offered.
Now SMU has the challenge of bringing in a strong supporting class around Mudiay. A primary recruiting target is top 10 post player Myles Turner, whom SMU will try to convince to team up with Mudiay. Currently, Turner is considered a strong lean to Kansas, who has 85% of the 247Sports Crystal Ball for Turner.
At the time Ulis appeared to be a lock for Michigan State, but now the four-star point guard is in a tug of war between Kentucky and Michigan State.
Currrently Michigan State is at 52% and Kentucky is at 48% in the 247Sports Crystal Ball for Tyler Ulis.
Emmanuel Mudiay breakdown:
A high level athlete with great size for the point guard position, Mudiay has as much upside as any prospect in the 2014 class. He can attack the basket going either direction and is an efficient finisher. Not just a slashing scorer, Mudiay has a great feel for passing the ball while on the move and is also an elite defender and rebounder as a perimeter player. The weakest aspect of his game at this point is the consistency of his outside jump shot. John Wall is an appropriate NBA comparison for Mudiay.