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SMU Mustangs, Head Coach Larry Brown Land Commitment From 2013 Guard Keith Frazier

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When SMU hired head coach Larry Brown, they were hoping to hear their name mentioned more often amongst high profile, college basketball-related news.

Well, in terms of recruiting, SMU reached that point on Tuesday afternoon when 2013 guard Keith Frazier tweeted his intentions to play for the Mustangs next season. Frazier, who is a McDonald’s All-American, is the biggest addition for Brown and the Mustangs since he took over the program last off-season.

Frazier tweeted this on Tuesday afternoon:

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard is a native of Dallas, Texas and currently attends Kimball High School (TX). Frazier is the fourth commitment for Brown from the class of 2013, joining Sterling Brown, Ben Moore and Yanick Moreira.

Ironically enough, Frazier tweeted his decision from Chicago as he prepares for the McDonald’s All-American game. His decision comes just hours after fellow McDonald’s All-American, Aaron Gordon, also announced his collegiate decision. To see where Gordon committed, check the story here.

Frazier is a big-time commitment for the Mustangs, there is no denying that. He will have the ability to come right into Brown’s program and produce. SMU is making the switch to the “old” Big East (still unnamed) next season, so it’s a step up in competition from the Mustangs’ perspective.

SMU began the 2012-13 at 8-1 overall, but the Mustangs struggled the rest of the way. A 7-16 mark down the stretch wrapped up a 15-17 first season for Brown.

SMU is looking to make considerable improvements in 2013-14 and the addition of Frazier could go a long way in terms of that potential.

 

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NCAA Tournament Profile: SMU Mustangs

Record: 27-6

RPI: 13

BPI: 24

Conference: AAC Conference

How They Qualified: AAC Conference Tournament Champions

Region: No. 6 seed in South

Can you imagine how good the SMU Mustangs would have been with Emmanuel Mudiay on the team this year? Just in case you are out of the loop, Mudiay should go in the top five in the upcoming draft. Even without him, the Mustangs have put together a solid resume. Most importantly, and unlike last season, they are not being snubbed to the max when it comes to making the NCAA tournament.

The Mustangs haven’t had the toughest schedule, but they did challenge themselves some by playing the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Indiana Hoosiers, Arkansas Razorbacks and Michigan Wolverines in their out-of-conference schedule. It’s games like those that help prepare a team for the tourney.

 

What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Nic Moore (14.3 PPG)

Leading Rebounder: Yanick Moreira (6.4 RPG)

Leading Passer: Nic Moore (5.3 APG)

Bad Losses: None

Good Wins: Tulsa (twice), Temple (x3)

 

This team may be lacking in star power, but none of that matters in the tournament. Heck, the Duke Blue Devils had one of the biggest stars in college basketball last year (Jabari Parker), and they ended up going down to the Mercer Bears right away. I don’t remember Doug McDermott leading his team to a title last year either.

No offense to those players, but the NCAA tournament does not reward teams just because they are well-known and have — you guessed it — star power.

Larry Brown is the head coach, so I guess there is one star for ya. All that aside, Moore and the other three guys who are averaging 10+ points per game have to show up. Entering the season with a decent amount of hype, SMU isn’t necessarily a dark horse pick, but at the same time, not many people are expecting a Final Four run by Brown’s team.

Let’s remember that the Mustangs have only lost six games in 2014-15.

The SMU Mustangs are dancing!

Trevor Lowry is a Content Associate at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

The SMU Mustangs may have been snubbed out of last year's dance, but no one should lose focus of them this time around.

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