Emmanuel Mudiay Could Become Trendsetter If Year Abroad Is Successful

July 22nd, 2014 by Rob Goldberg Leave a reply »

Emmanuel Mudiay is taking an original route to the NBA, but his path could become more common if his plan works.

The Texas high school point guard was the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2014 class, according to 247 Sports. He was set to play for Larry Brown at SMU, but he has instead decided to forego college and sign with Guangdong in China, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Gary Parrish of CBS Sports reported that this decision was due to eligibility concerns, but the player denied this in a statement to Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated:

I was excited about going to SMU and playing college basketball for coach Brown and his staff and preparing for the NBA. But I was tired of seeing my mom struggle. And after sitting down with coach [Larry] Brown and my family, we decided that the best way for me to provide for my mom was to forgo college and pursue professional basketball opportunities. I am grateful for Prime Prep coach [Ray] Forsett for developing me into the player and man that I am, and I am also grateful for coach Brown's guidance and his support. This has nothing to do with my e ...

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