Myles Turner has cut down his list of college choices to Oklahoma State, Kansas, Texas, Ohio State, Duke, Arizona and Kentucky, while SMU has rejoined the mix.
“They weren’t on my list last time, but they are somewhat back in the running now,” Turner told Mustangs Madness in an interview after the visit. “They are kind of like a dark horse so to say. I still have my official list, but SMU is still kind of in the mix.”
Turner is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the 2014 incoming class.
SMU currently has one commit for the class of 2014 in Emmanuel Mudiay, the No. 5 player in the class of 2014. Turner says that Mudiay and he have discussed the idea of playing together.
“Sometimes I talk to Emmanuel Mudiay about the possibility of playing here with him,” Turner said in the interview. “He hits me up. Recently, Keith Frazier has been hitting me up on Twitter a lot, too. I wouldn’t say it’s anything too serious though. ”
Emmanuel Mudiay has committed to SMU, picking Larry Brown over Baylor, Kansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State.
Mudiay is the highest rated prospect to ever commit to SMU
SMU hasn't reached the NCAA tournament since 1993.
"I want to do something different," Mudiay said. "The program is changing under Coach Brown and I really believe in him. When he talks with me it's not only about basketball, it's about life after the game: What are my interest outside the game and how I will be able to take care of myself and my family. My dream is to play in the NBA and I feel he can help prepare."
Mark Cuban is financing a flopping study conducted by biomechanics experts at Southern Methodist.
"Flopping is a player’s deliberate act of falling, or recoiling unnecessarily from a nearby opponent, to deceive game officials," writes Allen in a press release. "Athletes engage in dramatic flopping to create the illusion of illegal contact, hoping to bait officials into calling undeserved fouls on opponents."
The Cuban-owned company Radical Hoops Ltd. awarded a grant of more than $100,000 to fund the 18-month research study at SMU.
The NBA instituted anti-flopping rules in 2012 to discourage the practice.
Larry Brown dismissed a report that he may return to the NBA as head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, calling it "hypothetical."
Brown is currently head coach at SMU.
“I love what I’m doing,” said Brown. “But I’m in a situation where I think I can help young people. But I don’t ever want to get back into coaching at the professional level unless I have a great relationship with the ownership and people let me share the knowledge I have learned and work with young people that have the same values that I have.”
Brown was disappointed with the firing of Tony DiLeo.
“They have new ownership,” Brown said. “I think when Tony was let go I don’t think that they would have any interest in somebody like me. I love the team, I love the city. I have always felt that if there was any way I could help as a resource because of the way I was treated I would love to do that. But I think there are probably a lot of great options out there for them.”