Class of 2015 four-star shooting guard Matt McQuaid backs off pledge to SMU

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.

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New SMU guard Ben Emelogu excited to come home, hoping for immediate eligibility

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.”

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Top-ranked point guard Emmanuel Mudiay to bypass SMU and turn professional

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:

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Q&A with SMU transfer Jordan Tolbert

I talked to SMU forward Jordan Tolbert about his playing style and adjusting to SMU. Check it out:

Q: What’s the focus of the summer? 
JT: “Right now, it’s individual improvement. I’m working on pick and rolls and going through a few sets. Two man stuff. It’s not too much.”

Q: How is this summer different than the previous ones? 
JT: “I feel like a veteran. I first got to Lubbock when I was 18 and college just blew my mind. Everything about it. Now, it’s just like a day in the park.”

Q: Are there any similarities between Larry Brown and Tubby Smith? 

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Q&A with Larry Brown and Nic Moore

I talked to SMU head coach Larry Brown and guard Nic Moore after the first practice of the summer. Check it out:

Larry Brown Q&A

Q: How much different is this summer compared to last year? 
LB: “We are all just excited to get started. I’m going to miss Nick (Russell) and Shawn (Williams). It’s kind of strange going to work out without those two guys participating. We do have Shawn in graduate school, which is kind of neat, and he is going to be one of our coaches. You can see a difference. Guys have improved. They understand more of what we are trying to do. We are excited for Yanick. He’s getting to go home and play in the World Championships. He hasn’t been home in a long time, so that’s great. Summer school is always a challenge, so that’s the interesting side.”

Q: What will the team miss most about Shawn and Nick? 

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SMU releases tougher 2014 non-conference schedule after NCAA snub last season

Last season, the SMU basketball team was left out of the NCAA tournament because of its weak strength of schedule.

That won’t be a problem this year.

On Tuesday morning, the Mustangs announced their 2014 non-conference schedule, and it’s set up to be a much more difficult slate of games.

“We always want our team to play as many high-quality opponents as possible,” said head coach Larry Brown. “Our non-conference and conference schedule will give us a chance to play great teams in great environments at home and on the road. There are a lot of incredible opportunities in front of us.”

Here’s a look at the list of games:

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SMU promotes new director of player development to replace Eric Snow

The SMU basketball program has named George Lynch the new director of player development.

Lynch, who served as the strength and conditioning coach in 2013-14, will replace Eric Snow who left the Mustangs to join the coaching staff at Florida Atlantic University.

The open spot on SMU’s bench is expected to be filled by former Mustang Shawn Williams. Williams played on the Hilltop last season and averaged 5.1 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in 18.4 minutes. He would be a graduate assistant.

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