AAC Basketball Recruiting Outlook: SMU Mustangs

By Daniel Karpuc
Larry Brown
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Nick Russell and Shawn Williams are the only two seniors on Larry Brown‘s SMU Mustangs roster. Both of these players have an impact, as Russell averages just under nine points a game, and Williams averages just under five points per contest.

Larry Brown has stressed a balanced attack on both sides of the ball, as evidenced by nine players scoring over 4.9 points per game this season. NBA guard prospects Nic Moore and Keith Frazier might both return next season for Coach Brown. Frazier is projected to be a late second round selection in the 2014 NBA Draft if he decides to declare. The smart choice would be to return to school and enjoy an expanded role next season.

However, both of those guards might have to share time with Brown’s lone recruit, five-star point guard Emmanuel Mudiay. The fifth-overall prospect, as rated by ESPN, Mudiay is right from Dallas, Texas, and plays his high school ball at Prime Prep Academy. The 6-foot-5 point guard was one of the most coveted recruits in next year’s class, and Brown was able to persuade him to sign at the hometown school.

Born in the Republic of the Congo, Mudiay has the speed, length and quickness, as well as a polished jump shot and will most likely be a “one-and-done” player, benefiting from the tutelage of former NBA coach Brown. A dynamic player with supreme athleticism, Mudiay could make up arguably the best backcourt trio in all of college basketball, if Moore and Frazier stay at school.

Grade: A

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