Team preview: SMU

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2003-04 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: November 4, 2003, 5:57 PM ET
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When it comes to recruiting the Metroplex, nobody has a better command than SMU head coach Mike Dement. Not only do people from Dallas-Forth Worth recognize the likes of Jeryl Sasser, Damon Hancock, Quinton Ross and Willie Davis, but basketball aficionados from across the land as well.

The latter might ask how come the Mustangs haven't been to the NCAA Tournament in 11 years, but the former couldn't explain it. SMU fans know potential NBA talent when they see it. Sasser was selected in the first round two years ago by Orlando and Ross recently signed a free-agent deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.