Emmanuel Mudiay committed to the SMU Mustangs on Saturday night. His next order of business? Getting fellow five-star prospect Myles Turner to join him in Dallas.
Mudiay and Turner have talked recently about teaming up in college. Both are from the Dallas area, though Turner did not have SMU among his eight finalists when he trimmed his list earlier this month. Mudiay told ESPN on Saturday night that he’s looking to change that.
247Sports analyst Jerry Meyer called Mudiay’s commitment to SMU “a huge statement,” and said it would lead to questions about whether Turner might also end up with the Mustangs.
“I think that’s going to be the next wave of recruiting intrigue,” Meyer told the Herald-Leader. “I think everybody’s going to start talking about Myles Turner (and SMU).”
SMU had been involved in Turner’s recruitment but didn’t make the final eight, which includes UK, Duke, Kansas, Louisville, Arizona, Ohio State, Texas and Oklahoma State. An official visit to Kansas in October is the only trip that Turner has scheduled so far, and he’s previously said that he doesn’t plan to sign with a school until the spring.
That leaves plenty of time for Mudiay and Coach Larry Brown to sell him on SMU.
The Mustangs could have one of the best backcourts in college basketball for the 2014-15 season. McDonald’s All-American Keith Frazier will be a freshman at SMU this season, and he’s unlikely to be a one-and-done player.
Turner — a 7-foot center — has skyrocketed up the recruiting rankings in recent months. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman listed him last week as the 2014 recruit with the most NBA potential. Mudiay was No. 3 on that list.
Scout.com ranks Turner at No. 2 in the class behind only Jahlil Okafor. Scout analyst Evan Daniels acknowledged the possibility that Turner and Mudiay could be teammates a year from now.
“It’s certainly possible,” Daniels told the Herald-Leader. “There’s still a ways to go (with Turner). But scoring a guy like Mudiay — a point guard of that caliber — that can only help you.”