Q: Last year, Larry Brown said you improved a lot throughout the season. What was the biggest improvement you made?
A: “Just being comfortable on the floor and getting into the rhythm of things. Things were a lot different from high school moving into college. The transition was a big difference. I just had to get adjusted to the game and the speed.”
Q: You have a lot of people in your life to help you like your brother, Coach Brown, etc. Is there anyone you think has taught you more than anyone else?
A: “If I had to say someone, I would say my brother. He taught me a lot. Just watching him do all the levels, like high school, college, and the NBA. That taught me a lot. I just learn from everybody. Everywhere I go I try to learn as much as I can. I’m just trying to improve my game for the team.”
Q: You have been mentioned as a possible replacement for Nick Russellwhen it comes to guarding the perimeter. Have you always been that guy on your teams?
I breakdown SMU prospects Malik Monk, Trey Lowe, and Kerry Blackshear:
Malik Monk- SG, Bentonville HS (AR)
Scoring: Simply put, Monk might be the best player in the class of 2016. He is long, fast, extremely athletic, and has terrific body control. He’s a full-court terror who attacks the basket with ease and possesses an excellent mid range jumper off the catch and off the dribble. Monk can shoot with efficiency anywhere inside the gym doors and will throw down jaw-dropping dunks at any moment. He finishes so well and can get anywhere he wants on the court, but enjoys shooting step back jumpers with a smooth release and excellent elevation on his shot.
As soon as the NCAA’s designated ‘quiet period’ for recruiting ended, the SMU coaching staff began offering numerous talented players from all over the country.
One of those recruits is class of 2015 big man Kerry Blackshear from Evans HS in Orlando, FL.
Blackshear is a three-star power forward and the No. 21 rated player at his position on Scout. At 6-foot-9 and 217 pounds, the member of the Q6 All-Stars averaged 14 points and nine rebounds last season as a junior.
Q: Last year, Larry Brown said you improved every time you took the floor. What part of your game do you think you improved the most as a freshman?
A: “It would probably just be learning offense and defense a little better. I learned the plays and what to do in different situations. I would say just learning the game a little bit more is probably my biggest improvement from freshman year.”
Q: What is your biggest area of focus this summer?
A: “I would say my biggest area of focus is shooting, but basically everything. Shooting is the main priority.”
Q: Larry Brown mentioned you as a possible option at point guard after the loss of Emmanuel Mudiay. Have you ever played point guard?
Class of 2015 shooting guard Matt McQuaid from Duncanville, HS is no longer committed to SMU. He told Scout.com’s Evan Daniels on Sunday night that he has decided to reopen his recruitment.
McQuaid, a 6-foot-5 wing and one of the best shooters in the country, had committed to Larry Brown and SMU in early May. Prior to committing, McQuaid had received scholarship offers from Creighton, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Alabama, Wichita State and Gonzaga.
“SMU and coach Brown are still high on his list,” Team Texas director Wes Grandstaff said.
It’s been a busy week for the SMU basketball program.
On Monday morning, after the loss of Emmanuel Mudiay, Larry Brown and his staff received a phone call from Ben Emelogu. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound combo guard who is originally from South Grand Prairie HS decided he wanted to leave Virginia Tech and transfer to SMU.
“I just felt like I needed to get home. I want my family to see me play and my grandma is sick,” Emelogu said Wednesday. “I couldn’t adjust fully to Virginia Tech all the way. I tried to stick it out, but I felt like me coming home was best for me.”
The nation’s No. 1 high school guard, and SMU signee, Emmanuel Mudiay will hire an agent and take a job playing basketball overseas next season. The athletic 6-foot-5 point guard was considered one of the best players in the country and a one-and-done possibility.
Statement from Emmanuel Mudiay:
“I was excited about going to SMU and playing college basketball for coach Brown and his staff and preparing for the NBA, but I was tired of seeing my mom struggle. And after sitting down with coach Brown and my family we decided that the best way for me to provide for my mom was to forgo college and pursue professional basketball opportunities. I am grateful for Prime Prep coach [Ray] Forsett for developing me into the player and man that I am and I am also grateful for coach Brown’s guidance and his support. This has nothing to do with my eligibility in any way.”
Statement from Larry Brown: