What the Mustangs can expect on signing day
Emmanuel Mudiay — with his signed letter of commitment to SMU, all of the Hilltop basketball fans’ dreams have been met and surpassed.
Anything else the basketball team decides to do will be extra. Larry Brown has done a fantastic job completely turning the program around, and landing ESPN’s No. 5 recruit only further proves that.
There is the slight chance that Myles Turners, ESPN’s No. 2 recruit, could shock the world and decide to come to SMU. Such an event would send SMU fans over the edge with excitement, but that’s not likely to happen.
So instead of hoping for a miracle, even if he’d fit very well in Brown’s system, let’s look at the more realistic possibilities.
The Mustangs have extended offers to shooting guards Pat McCaw and Dominique Matthews, both three-star ESPN recruits. They’ve also extended an offer to unrated recruit Trent Brinkley, a forward from Dallas.
Matthews’ game would fit well with Mudiay’s style of play. While he still has work to do on the defensive end and on extending his range, Matthews is a strong-willed competitor.
Where he excels is driving to the basket and rebounding the ball.
He can get tunnel vision when driving to the basket. That facet of his game will need to be adjusted, because an ability to pass out to Nic Moore or Keith Frazier would be a welcome addition.
While there’s not much to be found regarding McCaw or Brinkley online, they’ve both contributed solidly to each of their team’s successes. Neither of them would play a large role next year, anyway.
With Mudiay already signed, mixed with Sterling Brown, Ben Moore, and Keith Frazier gaining a year of experience, SMU’s lineup will be loaded next year.
The Mustangs’ starting five next year could consist of Nic Moore, Mudiay, Frazier, Markus Kennedy and Yanick Moreira. The bench would include Ben Moore, Ryan Manuel, Cannen Cunningham and Sterling Brown.
Regardless of whom else signs, next year’s team is going to be a force to be reckoned with.