Prime Prep (Dallas) point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, one of the top recruits in the class of 2014, has committed to SMU and head coach Larry Brown. Mudiay made the announcement during halftime of the Under Armour Elite 24 in Brooklyn.
"He's a Hall of Fame coach, he's coached Hall of Fame players, and one day I want to be able to play in the NBA," Mudiay said of Brown, who went 15-17 last season, his first at SMU. "He's coached at the highest level, so I can learn a lot from him. That's where my heart's at. I've got real respect for him."
Mudiay, who chose the Mustangs over Kentucky, Kansas, Baylor and Oklahoma State, is the No. 1 ranked recruit in his class by 247Sports, the No. 3 recruit by Rivals and the No. 5 recruit by ESPN. Kentucky coach John Calipari was considered the front-runner to land Mudiay for more than a year.
Louisville Courier-Journal reporter Steve Jones spoke with Mudiay on Thursday, which was before the 6-foot-5 prospect announced that he would make his decision on Saturday. Mudiay, who shared details about his recruitment in a monthly blog for USA TODAY High School Sports this summer, told Jones he had no timeline for making his decision. He also relayed that his only scheduled visit was to Kentucky for Big Blue Madness on Oct. 18.