Don't sweat how long this will last, so just enjoy it while you can. SMU's decision to hire Larry Brown as its men's basketball coach brought the donations, and now the players are coming.
By next season SMU should challenge Baylor as the best team in the state. Don't waste your time with a cross-town rivalry with TCU, which at best is two years away. SMU can win now because it is landing monster recruits that normally go to Kansas, North Carolina or Kentucky.
First it was McDonald's All-American Keith Frazier (Dallas Kimball), who is signed for this season, and now it's Emmanuel Mudiay. The 6-foot-5 guard from Arlington (Arlington/Prime Prep) is rated as one of the top high school seniors in the country. He picked SMU over Baylor, Kansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State.
Let that sink in - he picked SMU over Baylor, Kansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State.
Frazier was the first McDonald's All-American to pick SMU, and now Mudiay has to be of equal stature. Frazier is part of a recruiting class that is rated as high as 14th for this season, and the addition of Mudiay will make next year's recruiting class for SMU one of the nation's best.
SMU made a major committment to basketball as it is re-doing Moody Coliseum, and threw a truckload of money at the cash-loving Brown. It obviously worked, and he is landing some of this area's best players. No one at TCU or SMU has been able to do that on this level ... ever.
The only other time SMU landed A player of this caliber was Larry Johnson, who never actually attended SMU. So not quite sure that one counts.
Recruits are obviously not scared of Brown's age (72), or his reputation as a guy who will leave tomorrow. Big-time recruits don't think about four years. They may think about two.
These are the types of players who normally leave Texas to play college ball.
If Brown stays at SMU for four years it will be a major victory for the Ponies administration. The last time he stayed anywhere for that long was the Philadelphia 76ers, where he was from 1997 to 2003.
Hiring Brown was never going to be a long-term solution. The additions of locals like Frazier and now Mudiay indicate this short-term play is working.
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