Mudiay prepares for big year

Five-star point guard Emmanuel Mudiay is ready for a big season at Grace Prep.

One of the truly premier players in the 2014 class on a national level is Emmanuel Mudiay. The combo guard is prepared for a big sophomore season at Arlington (Tex.) Grace Prep, and schools from coast-to-coast are already very intrigued with his game and what he could bring to their program.

At 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds with excellent court vision and a lot of quickness, Mudiay is the complete package on the floor, and he will be asked to guide the loaded Grace Prep squad this year.

"We are just trying to win a national championship, work hard in practice, and just be the best team that we can be," said Mudiay. "Coach Ray (Forsett) wants us to be a defensive team first so we are focusing on defense and we are working as hard as we can."

Mudiay continued, "I am just trying to improve. We have a good team, and I just want to be the best point guard I can be and help my teammates be the best players that they can be."

Schools such as Texas, Texas A&M, Kansas, Arizona, Baylor, Oklahoma, Missouri, and many others have been by to check out Mudiay, but right now he says recruiting isn't a major focus for him.

"I have a lot of schools, but I am just keeping my options open right now," said Mudiay of his recruitment. "I am not paying attention to that stuff right now."

While he isn't focused on coming to a decision, Mudiay is watching a host of schools and looking at how they compete and how they work to win it all.

"I just look for how teams compete and how hard they work every play," said Mudiay. "I see how much those guys want it and how they want to win the national championship. That is what I like about college basketball and that is where I want to be one day."

As the No. 5 ranked player in the country, Mudiay is one of several elite level prospects vying for the top of the 2014 rankings. While Mudiay recognizes where he stacks up nationally, he is focused on himself and working hard, not on what others are doing.

"I really don't pay attention to it," explained Mudiay. "I just want to be the best player I can be. I know there are a lot of great players out there, but I will just try to outwork them every day."

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