Larry Brown Will Put SMU Among College Basketball's Elite

By jasongreenberg

After playing at North Carolina, Larry Brown coached at his Alma mater (UNC), Kansas and for multiple NBA teams. Now, Brown takes his impressive resume to, of all places, Southern Methodist University.

Unlike the hiring of Isiah Thomas at Florida International, the move to hire Brown could have some positive implications on the program. Brown has yet to make a splash with a big name High School recruit. Expect that to change very soon as seven members of ESPN’s top 50 in the 2013 class are considering SMU.

Between SMU moving to the Big East in 2013, Brown’s coaching influence, and numerous top recruits hailing from Texas, a perfect storm is brewing that should place SMU among the nation’s elite by 2015.

Jordan Mickey is one of the highly touted 2013 recruits and narrowed his list down to five schools Tuesday with SMU on the list. Recruits, like Mickey, are going to be lining up to play for Brown who has not only proven himself at the collegiate level, but can help prospects reach their ultimate goal of playing in the NBA.

Andrew and Aaron Harrison are both considering going to SMU, something that would never have occurred if someone other than a legend like Brown was at the helm. Because of Brown’s hiring, the Big East accepted SMU, which should bring much more national recognition and offer recruits the opportunity to play against top competition.

Southern Methodist may not currently have the name recognition as Texas or Baylor, but the school may ultimately pass the two in wins in the near future. As recruits begin to narrow their lists and choose schools, take note of SMU’s progress because chances are we will be hearing a lot about them.

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