Mudiay to bypass college, pursue pro career
Emmanuel Mudiay had a change of plans on Monday. Multiple sources informed Scout.com that Mudiay, who finished No. 2 in Scout.com’s 2014 rankings, intends to pursue a professional basketball career overseas, rather than attend SMU. Two hours later SMU coach Larry Brown issued a statement confirming the report. "Emmanuel has decided to pursue professional basketball opportunities," Brown said. "This is not an academic issue, since he has been admitted to SMU, but rather a hardship issue." "After talking to Emmanuel, I know he really wants to alleviate some of the challenges his family faces and recognizes that he has an opportunity to help them now." Mudiay committed to Larry Brown and SMU in August and signed a Letter of Intent in November. Brandon Jennings, who was the No. 1 player in the 2008 class, was the first high school player to opt out of college and play overseas. Jennings spent last season with the Detroit Pistons. The only other high profile player to make such a move was Jeremy Tyler, who now plays for the New York Knicks. An elite talent, Mudiay is a dynamic 6-foot-5 point guard. He has terrific size for the point guard position and also possesses tremendous speed and athleticism for a lead guard. "His ability to get to the rim, create space, finish and play with speed reminds me of John Wall," one NBA scout told Scout.com Monday morning. Mudiay averaged 16 points, six rebounds and four assists a game, while leading Prime Prep to a 30-6 record. Mudiay was SMU’s only recruit in the 2014 class.