The post-Larry Brown era continues to be promising in Dallas, Texas.
Per Jon Rothstein, former South Florida superstar Jahmal McMurray has committed to SMU. The explosive 6’0″ scoring guard is currently in JUCO but will be eligible to suit up in December, once the fall semester concludes. He has two years of eligibility remaining following next season.
McMurray, an AAC All-Rookie selection last season, averaged 20.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in three games this season. Although the Kansas native missed the first six games for an undisclosed violation, he displayed great growth and efficiency by shooting 43.1% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc — both of which were significant improvements from his initial campaign.
McMurray’s best performance of the small 2016-17 sample size came against the biggest opponent. He nailed five triples and netted 25 points against nationally ranked #16 South Carolina at the USF Sun Dome.
“[I bring] energy, fight, an ability to make shots and create plays,” said McMurray in self-reflection following his last performance in green and gold. “I’m just a dog. I love to fight and compete.”
18-4 SMU, along with #19 Cincinnati, is dominating the AAC this season. The two powerhouses combine for a 15-1 conference record with SMU losing to the Bearcats as the only defeat.
Looking ahead to next season, the Mustangs will once again possess one of the best teams within “The Melting Pot of College Basketball.” Head coach Tim Jankovich is expected to return his top two scorers, junior Semi Ojeleye (17.7 PPG) and sophomore Shake Milton (13.5 PPG), as well as sophomore Jarrey Foster who produces nearly ten points a game (9.6 PPG).
– P. Wesner