Former Kansas University basketball coach Larry Brown and ex-Jayhawk assistant Tim Jankovich pulled off a major recruiting coup for SMU on Saturday, landing an oral commitment from Emmanuel Mudiay, Rivals.com’s No. 3-rated player in the Class of 2014.
In an interesting development, the 6-foot-5 Dallas Prime Prep Academy senior will be attending college — likely for one year before heading to the NBA — in a package deal with his brother, Jean Michael, a guard from Western Texas College.
“We always wanted to play together. I’m going to play with my brother my freshman year,” Emmanel Mudiay said on ESPNU at halftime of the Under Armour Elite 24 game Saturday in New York.
Mudiay chose SMU over Kansas University, Kentucky, Baylor and Oklahoma State.
Mudiay is being touted as SMU’s highest-ranked prospect ever to sign at the school. Brown this season is bringing in No. 18-rated Keith Frazier, 6-5 from Dallas Kimball High.
“He is a Hall of Fame coach. He’s coached Hall of Fame players,” Mudiay said of Brown, whose SMU coach-in-waiting is Jankovich. “One day I want to be able to play in the NBA. He’s coached at the highest level. I can learn a lot from him. That’s where my heart is at. I have real respect for him.”
As far as Saturday’s game, Tyus Jones and Isaiah Whitehead were named co-MVP’s of Coney Island, a 114-109 winner over Bed Stuy. Jones, a 6-1 senior point guard from Apple Valley (Minn.) High, is considering KU, Baylor, Kentucky, Duke and Minnesota. Whitehead, a 6-4 senior from Lincoln High in Brooklyn, is considering Indiana, Syracuse, Arizona, UCLA, Minnesota and Miami.