Many believed that the SMU Mustangs were snubbed in the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, but that didn’t stop them from going out and adding a great incoming freshman to their recruiting class.
In fact, SMU head coach Larry Brown is so high on the player, Emmanuel Mudiay, that he delivered some high praise that makes it seem like the Mustangs don’t expect him to stay on campus for long.
Brown said that Mudiay is “the best player in the country” and a potential lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
“It ain’t even close,” Brown said, via ZagsBlog.com. “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.”
Mudiay recently represented the Congo over the weekend as part of the International team at the Nike Hoops Summit.
He was also a standout at the McDonald’s All-American game, where Brown believes he established himself as the top player in this year’s recruiting class.
“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.”