Ben Emelogu has officially committed to join Larry Brown and the Southern Methodist Mustangs for the 2014-15 season. The news immediately follows reports that the program’s marquee recruit, Emmanuel Mudiay, who’s nationally ranked 2nd among point guards, will forgo college basketball in order to play overseas and financially support his family. A Grand Prairie, TX native, Emelogu’s decision to return home and play in Dallas reflects a larger, recent trend of athletes going home.
Emelogu had a productive, albeit inconsistent at times, freshman year with the Hokies. He excelled in his role as sixth man throughout their non-conference schedule, but his effectiveness dipped while making the starts against ACC opponents. Ben has an excellent three point shot, shooting 37% from the arc last season on his way to logging 10.5 PPG, but perhaps his most valuable asset he will bring to SMU is his leadership; Emelogu was voted captain as a freshman for the Hokies.
Emelogu will sit out his first season with SMU, but will have three years of eligibility remaining. He became the fourth player to transfer out of the Virginia Tech program since Coach Buzz Williams took charge in June.