Since Larry Brown took over the Southern Methodist Mustangs, Brown has been very vocal that the Mustangs need a big man in order to compete. On Halloween Day, Brown landed one of the top junior college players in the nation, Yanick Moreira. Moreira is a four-star recruit from Levelland, Texas that will spend this season at South Plains Community College and then join the 2013 Mustang recruiting class. Moreira is the type of player that Brown would love to just “let loose” on the defensive side of the ball. He brings incredible shot blocking abilities and big play potential.
Last year at South Plains Community College, Moreira led the team to the NJCAA National Championship and was named the tournament MVP. He averaged 12 points with 8 rebounds per game during the regular season, helping his team to a 36-0 finish. Initially, Moreira was being recruited by a handful of schools such as the Texas Longhorns, Baylor Bears, and Oregon Ducks, but Moreira seems to be a different player who does not conform to the usual recruiting tactics laid out by college coaches.
E.J. Holland of ponystampede.com reports Moreira saying, “All these other coaches wanted to talk about letting me do what I wanted to do. Coach Brown said listen to me, and I’ll make you a pro player. I thought that was great. He was just different.”
A huge part of Moreira’s recruiting is due in part to assistant coach Jerrance Howard. Howard spent the majority of the time on the road, traveling to Moreira’s games, something many coaches don’t spend enough time doing. Howard’s presence seemed to leave a lasting impression on Moreira.
“I really like the coaches,” Moreira said. “The assistants were really cool. They called me and texted me all the time, which showed they cared. Dallas and SMU just felt like home.”