Larry Brown hasn’t even been the head coach at SMU a week yet, but apparently he’s seen enough of three current players to know he doesn’t need them. According to SMU’s The Daily Campus, Brown has already cut two players from the Mustangs’ squad. One of which happens to be starting point guard, and “superstar” as the report calls him, Jeremiah Samarrippas.
Not even a single week has gone by and the famous Larry Brown has cut one of SMU’s own super stars, Jeremiah Samarrippas.
It’s clear that Brown is not taking any time to warm up to the university after cutting SMU’s starting point guard.
“He basically told me that I wasn’t good enough to play for him,” Samarrippas said.
The sophomore out of Bartow, Fla. has played an influential role on the court for the Mustangs, averaging nearly 32 minutes a game during the 2011 to 2012 season.
Also feeling the blow of Brown’s unexpected cuts are Ricmonds Vilde and Eric Norman.
Vilde, orinally from Riga, Latvia, played his first season with the Mustangs this year after redshirting during the 2010 to 2011 season. With five starts under his belt and an average playing time of 10.5 minutes, Vilde was able to maintain a 42.9 field goal percentage.
Norman, a freshman this year, played in only nine games, averaging three minutes. The 6’6” forward is from San Diego, Calif.
Whether or not Brown will be making more cuts is unknown.
For most coaches, this may seem like a rushed decision. But this is Larry Brown we’re talking about. Since his time is short at SMU, he has to move quickly.