There just aren't many players like Emmanuel Mudiay.
The five-star point guard out of Prime Prep is ranked as one of the top players in 2014 for one reason- he can do it all. Whether it was making a flashy no-look pass, throwing down a monster dunk or sinking a shot from 3-point land, Mudiay was by far the best player at the 25th Annual Great American Shootout.
College coaches in attendance, including SMU's Larry Brown, witnessed multiple remarkable performances. But what's scary is Mudiay still has room to develop and just thinking of what he can grow into under the guidance of a Hall of Famer is downright spine-chilling.
"Playing for Coach Brown would be incredible. It's great to be able to be out here playing in front of him and showing him what I can do," Mudiay said. "I mean, Coach Brown is a legend. I've said before that I feel I can learn a lot from him because he has so much experience. There are a lot of great coaches out there, but he's one of the best."
And that's exactly what Mudiay is focusing on- finding a coach who can truly help become a dominant force not only in college but in the NBA. For Mudiay, it's not necessarily about the school but the teacher, and as he put it, Brown is one of the best at his craft.
‘The Godfather' is the main reason why SMU, a program that doesn't compare to a Duke or North Carolina in terms of basketball tradition, is currently in Mudiay's top 10 and will likely be in his top five when he trims his list again at the end of the month.
"I haven't made any decisions yet as far cutting things down. But my interest level in SMU is very high," Mudiay said. "Like I said, I have a great relationship with Coach Brown, and the entire coaching staff, and SMU is a great school. I'm really looking at them. Playing at SMU, close to home would be really cool. I like it a lot."
Just last month, Mudiay, who made a couple of trips to SMU during the season, was on the Hilltop for an unofficial visit and said he enjoyed touring the campus as well as his 1-on-1 time with the staff
"I had a great time on the visit. It's a great school with great people. I love the coaching staff and everyone involved with the basketball program," he said "While I was up there, I just talked about life situations with them. I liked the campus too. Everything was just great."
It's a forgone conclusion that SMU will still be in the mix this time next month, and it's not farfetched to believe the Mustangs will be in his final two when he makes his final decision.
But the Ponies are going to have to weather a strong push from John Calipari and powerhouse Kentucky to win this race. Mudiay will be taking a visit to Lexington for Midnight Madness in October, and Calipari has already made an in-home visit.
"Coach Cal is a great guy and a great coach. He really cares about developing his players and has a lot of talented guys there," Mudiay said. "You know they're going to compete for championships with Coach Cal so they're definitely up there too."
Mudiay won't have to make his decision for at least another seven months. So for now, he's primarily focused on continuing to improve his already incredible game. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder originally started off his AAU season with Texas Pro but is now playing for MWA Elite, which is coached by Mo Williams, who spent time with five different NBA teams.
"It's great playing for Mo Williams. He's been working with me on being a better shooter," he said. "GASO has been a lot of fun, and I'm enjoying going up against some great talent. My goals to just win. That's what it's all about, winning."
Mudiay helped MWA Elite do just that as he led his team to the NBA Blue Division championship game after dropping 25 points in a semifinal win over T.J. Maston's Team Texas.
Mudiay: Playing For Brown Would Be Incredible
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