In their second season under Larry Brown, the Southern Methodist Mustangs are already set to make some noticeable improvements. But on Saturday night, they received the biggest news since Brown took over as head coach: Emmanuel Mudiay, arguably the best point guard in the Class of 2014, announced during ESPNU’s telecast of the Under Armour Elite 24 his commitment to the Mustangs. The five-star recruit turned down offers from major programs like Kentucky, Kansas, Baylor, and Oklahoma State.
With the addition of Mudiay, Southern Methodist could potentially contend for the American Athletic Conference title in 2014-15. As of now, next year’s starting lineup would most likely include Illinois State transfer Nic Moore and 2013 McDonald’s All-American Keith Frazier alongside Mudiay in the backcourt. Cannen Cunningham, Villanova transfer Markus Kennedy, and Yanick Moreira would head the frontcourt.
Brown, 72, might not have many years of coaching left in the tank, but it appears that he has made Southern Methodist a NCAA tournament team in the near future.
Also this week, two other highly ranked point guards announced their decisions. Kaleb Joseph of Cushing Academy committed to Syracuse, and Josh Perkins of Huntington Prep committed to Gonzaga. In other recruiting news, power forward Craig Victor of Findlay College Prep committed to Arizona.