Nov. 14, 2012
DALLAS (SMU) --- SMU Head Coach Larry Brown (@LarryBrownSMU) announced that three student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Mustangs (@SMUBasketball) beginning with the 2013-14 season, which will be SMU's first campaign in the BIG EAST.
The class includes a top-flight junior college signee in Yanick Moreira and a pair of highly-touted Chicago-area student-athletes in Sterling Brown and Ben Moore. Brown is a four-star 6-4 guard from Proviso East High School, Moore is a three-star 6-8 forward from Bolingbrook High School, and Moreira is a 6-11 forward that is rated as high as No. 1 for junior college signees.
"They are all high-character kids that come from winning programs," says Brown. "They are long, athletic, and can play multiple positions. They play the right way and make their teammates better. It's a pretty special group. These kids could've gone anywhere. They chose us, and we're lucky for that."
The Mustangs will add six newcomers next season, including the three signees. SMU has three transfers sitting out this year in Nic Moore (5-9, 170, So. from Illinois State), Markus Kennedy (6-9, 260, So. from Villanova) and Crandall Head (6-4, 180, Jr. from Illinois).
"When we look at the class as a whole, with three great kids for the class of 2013 and the three transfers, we feel extremely fortunate. We want to be nationally competitive, and these are the kinds of kids that give us a chance to achieve that goal."
SMU Men's Basketball Signees
Sterling Brown G 6-4 190 Chicago, Ill. (Proviso East)
Ben Moore PF 6-8 185 Bolingbrook, Ill. (Bolingbrook HS)
Yanick Moreira C/PF 6-11 220 Luanda, Angola (South Plains C.C.)
Sterling Brown (SG, 6-4, 190) is a guard for Coach Donnie Boyce at Proviso East High School in Chicago. As a junior, he was All-State third-team after averaging 13 points and 9 rebounds as his team made it to the state final. Brown had 13 points and 15 rebounds in the state semifinals, followed by a 25-point performance in the final. He has a four-star Scout rating and is listed as the No. 36 shooting guard by ESPN. He played AAU for the Mac Irvin Fire. He is also the younger brother of Phoenix Suns' guard Shannon Brown, who was coached by Larry Brown at the Charlotte Bobcats.
Ben Moore (PF, 6-8, 185) is a forward for Coach Rob Brost at Bolingbrook High School in Bolingbrook, Illinois. He is a Rivals' three-star signee that averaged 18 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots during junior season. He opened his junior season with a triple-double that included 11 blocks. He played AAU for the Derrick Rose All-Stars. His prospects improved dramatically over the summer as he garnered multiple Big Ten offers before choosing SMU.
Yanick Moreira (C/PF, 6-11, 220) is a forward for Coach Steve Green at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. The native of Luanda, Angola, is rated as the No. 1 JUCO prospect by JUCO Junction on Rivals. Last season, he was Honorable Mention All-American, WJCAC All-Conference and All-Region 5 after averaging 12.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots. He helped South Plains College to a 36-0 season and the 2012 NJCAA national title. He was named MVP of the NJCAA National Tournament after leading South Plains in the 81-68 victory in the national championship game.