Another Team Trae Young baller has chosen his college commitment and decided to stay in the state of Texas.
Class of 2022 standout Alex Anamekwe announced on Thursday that he has committed to the SMU Mustangs.
— Team Trae Young (@teamtraeyoungmb) September 23, 2021
Congratulations Alex! We are so proud of you. He is a truly special young man and an incredible talent. We are so blessed to have the opportunity to coach him. This is only the beginning of the many great things he will accomplish on and off the court! All ????!
— McKinney Basketball (@MHSLionsHoops) September 23, 2021
— The Scene (@TXRecruitedFilm) September 23, 2021
Alex had offers on the table from Alabama, Texas Tech, Oral Roberts, North Texas, Tulsa and Utah State. However, he decided on SMU, keeping the McKinney High School product in the Dallas area.
“At first when I started this recruiting process, I wanted to get away from home,” Alex told Brandon Jenkins of 247 Sports. “Seeing that SMU is closer, it kind of intrigued me. The atmosphere really separated the program from the rest. They have nice facilities, everything is close together, and the staff consists of really good people. I am looking forward to getting to know them better and continuing my journey with them.”
Alex also pointed to two other big factors that helped make his decision: his academic future, and his relationship with the SMU coaching staff.
“Academically, SMU is one of the top institutions for business,” he told 247 Sports. “I feel I can gain something from that aspect of things. As far as basketball, I am going to go there and give my all. That is what the coaching staff expects from me and they are not going to get anything less….”The coaching staff showed a lot of support and that stuff could not go unnoticed,” says Anamekwe. “Mainly [SMU Assistant Coach] Yaphett King did a great job of getting to know me as a person. He was telling me his vision for me and I liked it.”
— Kellen Buffington (@TheTB5Reports) September 23, 2021
Happy birthday Alex and congratulations on your commitment! https://t.co/rCQtRuOeTy
— Ian Mumm (@FiveOnFiveHoops) September 23, 2021
Team Trae Young congratulates Alex Anamekwe on his commitment to SMU and wishes him the best of luck!