High school power forward Everett Ray announced via Twitter on Thursday that he plans to attend SMU next year:
PONEY UP!!!!! ???????????? pic.twitter.com/zLyQZwQVIX
— ♕Everett♕ (@EverettRay1) September 22, 2016
Ray, who is from Addison, Texas, will be staying close to home. Last month, he had reportedly narrowed his choices to six schools including SMU, Texas Christian, Stephen F. Austin, Texas, Arkansas and Pepperdine.
Ray will join four-star point guard prospect Elijah Landrum as a part of the Mustangs’ 2017 class. Rivals.com has Ray tabbed as a three-star recruit. He averaged 20 points per game in 30 games as a junior playing for CHANT HomeSchool.
SMU head coach Larry Brown abruptly resigned in July after four years in charge at the school. Tim Jankovich, who was hired as an assistant to Brown, took his place. Jankovich’s last head coaching job was at Illinois State from 2007 through 2012. Prior to that, he had served as the head man at both Hutchinson Community College in Kansas and at North Texas.
SMU basketball had successfully returned to some national prominence during Brown’s tenure, only to see the program get sanctioned for multiple violations prior to the 2015-2016 season. The NCAA ruled that the men’s basketball program had committed academic fraud and unethical conduct, resulting in a ban from postseason play in 2016. Brown was also suspended for nine games after being cited for lack of institutional control.
SMU’s 2016 recruiting class was highlighted by a pair of Australians, center Harry Froling and shooting guard Tom Wilson. They also signed three-star point guard Dashawn McDowell.