Just because there aren’t any games being played doesn’t mean the NCAA basketball offseason is lacking in drama. Recruiting commitments, transfers and NBA draft decisions can change a team’s future in a heartbeat, and that’s not even accounting for those programs that get thrown a curve by something totally unexpected.
One school in the latter category is SMU, which had hopes of building on last year’s NIT runner-up finish with the biggest recruiting success in school history. However, star point guard Emmanuel Mudiay’s decision to start his pro career overseas means that the Mustangs will need to lower their expectations in a hurry.
Read on for more on the fallout from Mudiay’s surprise move, along with 19 more lessons garnered from the biggest offseason developments around the country.