Apr 3, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Southern Methodist Mustangs head coach Larry Brown reacts against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the second half of the 2014 NIT Tournament championship game at Madison Square Garden. The Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the Southern Methodist Mustangs 65-63. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Larry Brown calls SMU recruit Emmanuel Mudiay 'the best player in the country'


Larry Brown has quickly turned the SMU Mustangs’ program around.

After barely missing out on the NCAA Tournament and finishing as the runner-up in the NIT, the Mustangs are set to bring in the player Brown believes is the best in the country, 5-star point guard Emmanuel Mudiay.

“It ain’t even close,” Brown told Adam Zagoria of SNY.TV. “He’s 6-5, he can just play. He makes people better, he can defend, he can rebound.

“He’s going to be a lottery pick if I don’t screw up.”

Brown knows there are plenty of other impressive players, but he would take Mudiay ahead of all of them.

“He was the best player,” Brown said. “And I love [Jahlil] Okafor, [Stanley] Johnson and Justin Jackson. There are a lot of great players, but in my mind he’s the best player. And that’s not taking anything away from any of those other kids.”

The 6’5, 190-pounder chose SMU over an impressive list of offers, including powerhouses like the Arizona Wildcats, Kansas Jayhawks and Kentucky Wildcats.

He is ranked as the #1 point guard and the 2nd best overall prospect in the class of 2014, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.

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