Southern Methodist Rumors & News

  • SMU’s Nic Moore to travel abroad this summer … with Kansas?

    College Basketball Talk "The Kansas basketball team will be representing the United States at the World University Games, which is will be held from July 3-14 in Gwangju, Korea. The problem? The Jayhawks only have three perimeter players that currently allowed to play during the event: Frank Mason, Devonte’ Graham and..." May 21

  • SMU loses lone 2016 basketball commit in four-star SG LaGerald Vick

    Dallas Morning News "SMU’s 2016 basketball class took a big hit. Four-star Douglass (TN) shooting guard LaGerald Vick backed out of his verbal commitment to the Mustangs on Sunday night, according to Vick is ranked as the No. 30 shooting guard in the 2016 class and No. 4 overall prospect in the..." May 04

  • SMU adds three-star PF Simeon Carter to 2015 recruiting class

    Dallas Morning News "SMU head basketball coach Larry Brown isn’t done recruiting for the 2015 class just yet. On Thursday, Brown reeled in West Charlotte (NC) power forward Simeon Carter. “It’s breathtaking,” Carter told “We got close throughout the recruiting process. They were really comfortable and..." May 03

  • President Barack Obama believes in SMU, to a point, in his annual NCAA bracket

    Dallas Morning News "President Barack Obama is predicting that Kentucky will remain undefeated and take home the title in the NCAA Tournament. The basketball fan in chief says there's a good reason the Wildcats are the prohibitive favorite in the tournament after going 34-0 so far. He picked them to beat Villanova..." March 18

  • SMU guard Keith Frazier loses appeal, remains ineligible for season

    Dallas Morning News "SMU guard Keith Frazier lost his appeal to the NCAA, coach Larry Brown said Friday. The sophomore, who was averaging 10.5 points and 4.0 rebounds, will remain academically ineligible for the rest of the season. “As of now, he’s back in school and we’ve got everything in place for him to do..." January 26

  • Sources: SMU hoops accused of improprieties

    ESPN Dallas "SMU has received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA that includes accusations of academic improprieties within Larry Brown's men's basketball program, multiple sources told ESPN. Sources told ESPN that SMU has received the Notice of Allegations and is expected to meet with the NCAA's..." January 17

  • Source: Keith Frazier ruled ineligible

    ESPN Dallas "SMU sophomore guard Keith Frazier has been deemed ineligible due to academics and will miss the remainder of the season barring a last-ditch appeal, a source close to the situation told ESPN. Frazier, a heralded recruit coming out of high school, was averaging 10.5 points and four rebounds per..." January 16

  • SMU’s Justin Martin to turn pro instead of finish senior season

    Dallas Morning News "SMU forward Justin Martin has decided to forego the remainder of his senior year to turn pro, coach Larry Brown said. Martin, 6-6, started two of his three seasons at Xavier before transferring to SMU. He was eligible to play immediately because he had earned his degree. At SMU, he was..." January 13

  • SMU assistant coach takes indefinite leave of absence

    Sporting News - NCAAB "SMU assistant basketball coach Ulric Maligi has taken a sudden leave of absence from the program. Brad Sutton, the Senior Sr. Associate AD/Public Relations & Marketing manager, refused to discuss the reason behind Maligi's leave, according to The Pony Stampede. "He's on leave. We're going to..." January 13

  • Duke transfer Semi Ojeleye commits to SMU; eligible next season

    CBS Sports "Duke transfer Semi Ojeleye has committed to SMU, sources told on Saturday afternoon. The 6-foot-8 forward will be eligible in December of 2015 and will have 2 1/2 years of eligibility remaining. A former Top 50 recruit out of high school, Ojeleye averaged 3.0 points and 2.3..." December 28

  • SMU forward Markus Kennedy academically cleared

    SI "SMU junior forward Markus Kennedy has been academically cleared to play, the Mustangs' coaching staff told ESPN. Kennedy was SMU's second-leading scorer last season, averaging 12.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game while shooting 53.4 percent from the floor. He has not played this season after..." December 20

  • SMU, Brown must resist dwelling on what might have been

    Fox Sports "Much of the talk surrounding Larry Brown’s Southern Methodist Mustangs leading into this season has involved the guys who won’t be playing for him – instead of the guys who will. Six months ago, after SMU shrugged off its NCAA tournament snub and made it to the final of the NIT, it appeared the..." November 21

  • Larry Brown 'worried' by UNC scandal

    ESPN "SMU coach and North Carolina alum Larry Brown has been keeping close tabs on the academic scandal enveloping his alma mater and said he is especially concerned that it could stain a man he has long revered. "Absolutely I'm worried about it," Brown said after the Mustangs' shootaround at Indiana..." November 21

  • SMU big man Markus Kennedy ineligible

    ESPN "SMU starting big man Markus Kennedy will be ineligible for the first semester, a source close to the situation told ESPN. The 6-foot-9 senior averaged 12.4 points and 7.1 rebounds last season." November 13

  • Four-star LaGerald Vick commits to SMU

    Bowling Green Daily News "One of Western Kentucky's most high-profile targets is off the board and planning to reclassify. Four-star 2015 shooting guard LaGerald Vick committed to SMU on Wednesday, according to multiple reports. Those same reports say Vick plans to reclassify to the class of 2016 and attend prep school..." October 23

  • Report: SMU’s Markus Kennedy currently not eligible to play this season

    Dallas Morning News "SMU basketball could be in some trouble this season. According to Billy Embody of, power forward Markus Kennedy, who was an integral part of SMU’s run to the NIT final a year ago, could miss some time this season. Coach Larry Brown released a statement Monday addressing the..." October 20

  • Shake Milton commits to SMU basketball over OU, Indiana

    The Oklahoman "Shake Milton is heading to the state of Texas to play for one of basketball’s most respected coaches. Milton, the 6-foot-5 Owasso guard, announced his decision to verbally commit to SMU and coach Larry Brown over Oklahoma and Indiana on Wednesday afternoon at his high school. “There were a..." October 16

  • SMU picks up commitment from three-star wing Jarrey Foster

    Dallas Morning News "With basketball season right around the corner, SMU is gearing up for a run at the big dance. But Larry Brown is still hard at work on the recruiting trail. On Tuesday night, SMU picked up a commitment from three-star Galena Park North Shore wing Jarrey Foster. He chose the Mustangs over offers..." October 08

  • SMU has sold out Moody Coliseum for the 2014-15 season

    College Basketball Talk "After making the NIT last season and being a likely preseason top-25 team and AAC favorite, SMU is riding a lot of momentum entering the 2014-15 season. The Mustangs and head coach Larry Brown got more good news on Tuesday as the school announced in an official release that Moody Coliseum is..." September 04

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Schools reach out to recent SMU decommit Matt McQuaid

    CBS Sports "Most of the SMU-related headlines last week revolved around Emmanuel Mudiay's decision to bypass college and head overseas for a season. But the Mustangs also suffered a hit to their 2015 class, when shooting guard Matt McQuaid decided to decommit and reopen his recruitment. "I feel like I..." July 24

  • SMU's tough July continues as sweet-shooting Matt McQuaid decommits

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAB - The Dagger "Not even one week after elite point guard Emmanuel Mudiay opted to turn pro instead of enrolling at SMU, another promising recruit has parted ways with the Mustangs without ever playing in a game. Matt McQuaid, one of the class of 2015's best shooters, has backed out of his May commitment to..." July 22

  • Mudiay family: 'No truth' to skipping SMU over eligibility concerns

    CBS Sports "With the college basketball world struggling to make sense of his bombshell decision, Emmanuel Mudiay is in the gym, shielded from the noise. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound point guard is working out with his trainer and preparing his body for next season, despite the giant question mark regarding where..." July 16

  • Concerns over immediate eligibility lead to SMU losing Emmanuel Mudiay

    CBS Sports "So Emmanuel Mudiay, a consensus top-five national recruit, has decided, in the month of July before his freshman year at SMU, to skip college and move to either Europe or Asia to play professionally even though the only other American point guard who has ever tried that right out of high school..." July 15

  • Elite SMU recruit Emmanuel Mudiay considering going pro overseas

    CBS Sports "Emmanuel Mudiay is considering playing professionally overseas next season, multiple sources told He was expected to enroll at SMU in the fall. Sources said Mudiay was offered a lucrative contract to play in Asia. Mudiay, a 6-foot-5 guard from Prime Prep (Texas), would have..." July 14

  • Virginia Tech transfer Ben Emelogu headed to SMU

    CBS Sports "Virginia Tech transfer Ben Emelogu has committed to SMU, he told on Monday morning. The 6-5 guard averaged 10.5 points last season for the Hokies and will have three years of eligibility remaining. Emelogu must sit out next season and will be eligible beginning in the 2015-16..." July 14

  • Larry Brown: I'm not interested in Lakers job; I'm happy at SMU

    Detroit Free Press "Larry Brown has been talking to Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, all right, but not as some sort of recruitment for the vacant coaching job. It’s quite the opposite, in fact. Brown, the longtime NBA coach who has headed the Southern Methodist program since 2012, is known to be..." June 04

  • SMU lands Xavier basketball transfer Justin Martin

    Dallas Morning News "Xavier transfer Justin Martin has committed to play for Larry Brown and the SMU Mustangs, per his personal Twitter account. As a graduate student, Martin will be eligible to play immediately on the Hilltop. At 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds, Martin averaged 11.7 points, which was good for second on..." June 04

  • Sharpshooter Matt McQuaid Commits To SMU

    Real GM Basketball "Matt McQuaid has committed to SMU as a member of the 2015 incoming freshman class. McQuaid is considered one of the best shooters in the country." May 05

  • To land Larry Brown, SMU roughly quadrupled its basketball coach pay

    USA Today "While SMU president Gerald Turner long has devoted himself to advocating for college sports reform as co-chairman of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, he also has had to consider the interests of his own school. According to new federal tax records, those interests recently..." April 26

  • Minnesota Gophers win NIT title 65-63 over SMU

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "For some, it was redemption. For others it was just a party. Two years after falling just short of their goal at Madison Square Garden, a Minnesota team made up of veterans from that game and new faces this season made good on a second chance. The Gophers gained control of a back-and-forth..." April 04

  • Mustangs’ big man not overwhelmed by big stage, and his game shows it

    Dallas Morning News "As the only one to have played at Madison Square Garden, SMU’s Markus Kennedy had plenty of advice for his teammates on the renowned building. But Kennedy had a more efficient plan. He simply showed the Mustangs. The big man dominated with 21 points, nine rebounds and three steals in..." April 03

  • Texas Tech forward Jordan Tolbert transferring to SMU

    Dallas Morning News "Texas Tech forward Jordan Tolbert is transferring to SMU, according to’s Evan Daniels. Tolbert was Texas Tech’s second leading scorer this season and one of the Red Raiders’ mainstays the past three years as the program has had four coaches in as many years. The 6-foot-7, 225-pounder..." April 03

  • Texas riches extend to basketball courts

    USA Today "The state of Texas – including all of its more than 268,000 square miles – is still the home to $60 million high school football stadiums, Johnny Football and the NFL franchise that considers itself "America's Team." But as Arlington this week welcomes the men's basketball Final Four – the..." April 02

  • Southern Methodist 65, Clemson 59

    ProSportsDaily "Markus Kennedy recorded 21 points, nine rebounds and three steals as the Mustangs downed the Tigers in New York to advance to the NIT final. Nic Moore added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists while Nick Russell scored 10 for Southern Methodist (27-9), which will face Minnesota in..." April 02

  • NIT semifinal win 'most special moment' yet for Larry Brown, SMU hoops

    Dallas Morning News "Back home in the Big Apple, coaching in Madison Square Garden, SMU coach Larry Brown looked very much in his element Tuesday night. He barked at his players, shouted at officials and changed emotions with each point swing as the Mustangs beat Clemson, 65-59, in the semifinals of the National..." April 02

  • NIT semifinals betting cheat sheet "Clemson Tigers vs. Southern Methodist Mustangs (-3, 119) Clemson's K.J. McDaniels scored 16 points and DeMarcus Harrison poured in 14 of his 16 in the second half to spark the comeback victory over Belmont. McDaniels continues to deliver for the Tigers, leading them in scoring (17.2),..." April 01

  • Southern Methodist 67, California 65

    ProSportsDaily "Nic Moore made a 3-pointer with 6.5 seconds left and Markus Kennedy had 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Mustangs edged the visiting Golden Bears in the NIT quarterfinals. Moore finished with 11 points and Keith Frazier chipped in nine points for top-seeded SMU (26-9), which advanced to face..." March 27

  • Southern Methodist 68, UC Irvine 54

    ProSportsDaily "Cannen Cunningham had 17 points off the bench to lead the host Mustangs to their first-ever NIT win. Ben Moore added 11 points and seven rebounds for top-seeded Southern Methodist (24-9) and Nick Russell had 10 points. Nic Moore added seven points, eight assists, four steals and four rebounds..." March 20

  • NCAA Tournament snubs and surprises

    CBS Sports "Heading into the Selection Show, most bracketologists seemed to reach a relative agreement and consensus on the 68 teams in the field – and the four No. 1 seeds. Of course, the selection committee isn't part of the bracketology world, and messed up the consensus. So, who got snubbed and who..." March 17

  • Houston upsets SMU to reach American Athletic semifinals

    Houston Chronicle "For University of Houston forward TaShawn Thomas, it was all about perfect timing. In the waning seconds of Thursday's quarterfinal game of the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament against No. 25 SMU, Thomas orchestrated the play of the game. In one of its most complete games of..." March 14

  • Strong Second Half Lifts No. 20 Memphis to 67-58 Win Over No. 18 SMU "The No. 20 University of Memphis men's basketball team (23-8, 12-6 American) put together a 20-5 run midway through the second half to propel them to a 67-58 victory over No. 18 SMU (23-8, 12-6 American) on Senior Day at FedExForum. Trailing 39-38, a three-pointer by Joe Jackson put the Tigers..." March 09

  • No. 11 Louisville wins 84-71 at No. 18 SMU

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Louisville leading scorer Russ Smith was still feeling light-headed and dizzy after Wednesday night's game. He had felt that way pretty much all day. Smith overcame his stomach illness, and a rough first half, by hitting all six of his 3-point attempts after halftime as the 11th-ranked..." March 06

  • Southern Methodist 70, Central Florida 55

    ProSportsDaily "Markus Kennedy had 18 points and eight rebounds as the host Mustangs upended the Knights in American Athletic Conference play. Nick Russell added 15 points and Nic Moore contributed 13 points, six assists and four steals as Southern Methodist (23-6, 12-4) won for the seventh time in eight..." March 02

  • Mustangs host UCF, need to avoid late-season crash

    Dallas Morning News "SMU will put its new ranking to the test on Saturday against Central Florida at soldout Moody Coliseum. After returning to the Top 25 on Feb. 10, their first appearance since 1985, the Mustangs won just once as a ranked team. A victory at Rutgers was followed by a loss at Temple. They face a..." March 01

  • NCAA Tournament projections (3/1): Baylor, Oklahoma State have work to do

    Dallas Morning News "Most teams are winding down the regular season and hoping to lock up an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament before the conference tournaments begin in about a week. Some area teams, like Texas and SMU, are sitting pretty heading down the stretch. For others, like Oklahoma State and Baylor,..." March 01

  • SMU's big win has Mustangs looking good; Baylor, OSU on the bubble

    Dallas Morning News "It's the part of the year where ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi is updating his projections almost nightly, so you can bet tensions are high in gyms across the nation. While some teams, like Baylor, have played their way back into the NCAA Tournament picture, others, like Oklahoma State,..." February 25

  • Once Again, UConn Can't Match Up With SMU in 64-55 defeat

    Hartford Courant "A more distinct tone could not be set for a basketball game. UConn's first 11 possessions ended with five missed shots and six turnovers. "The crowd's supposed to stand up 'til we make our first shot," Ryan Boatright said. "It seemed like they were standing forever." Not until Phil Nolan put..." February 24

  • SMU can reap multiple benefits from staying put in league standings

    Dallas Morning News "A strong finish is crucial for SMU in terms of postseason play. Not only are the Mustangs headed for a possible NCAA Tourney bid – first in 21 years – but the final four games will shape their seeding in the American Athletic Conference tournament. A drop in the standings would put SMU at risk..." February 21

  • A program on the upswing

    Sports On Earth "Dave Bliss, perhaps the most reviled figure in a sport with some ugly scandals, drove three hours one way to Dallas on Jan. 4 to celebrate the opening of SMU's renovated Moody Coliseum and meet with a few former players. He also witnessed the rebirth of a longtime moribund basketball program last..." February 21