Top SMU Recruit Emmanuel Mudiay Is Skipping College to Play Pro Ball Overseas

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Multiple outlets are reporting that Emmanuel Mudiay, the No. 1 rated high school basketball player in the country, will forego his commitment to play for Larry Brown at SMU and instead play at least one season of professional basketball overseas before heading to the NBA.

Mudiay has released the following statement to Sports Illustrated's Luke Winn:

"I was excited about going to SMU and playing college basketball for coach [Larry] Brown and his staff and preparing for the NBA, But I was tired of seeing my mom struggle. And after sitting down with coach 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 eligibility in any way."

It's an honorable explanation, providing for one's family, and probably a more honest use of Mudiay's skills -- plying them in exchange for money rather for free under the guise of attending school. It is, however, worth noting that prominent college players' parents usually get taken care of, one way or another.

Which brings us to that eligibility Mudiay mentions: It has been a lingering question, since Mudiay attended the Deion Sanders-founded charter school Prime Prep in Oak Cliff, which has had issues with the NCAA clearinghouse before.

Either way, we wish we had the chance to see some of this at Moody Coliseum next season:

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bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

It doesn't pass the smell test.  I think the kid was failing academically, and that this cover story was created to cover up the fact that he glided through the decertified H.S. and that SMU recruited a kid who couldn't pass his classes.


mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

The NBA policy on high school kids not allowed to play in the association is going to make this more and more common. there's talk it could go to 2 years out of HS before eligibility and then there will be many more deciding to go play overseas.

some kids just do not want to be a student, some kids can't carry the load of student and athlete.

when the stories emerge of D1 college athletes who don't actually go to classes, or just take the easiest classes possible to get academic grades that allow them to play, let's just be honest about it. they shouldn't be forced to stay in school.

I'm sure if Mudiay could become academicaly eligible per the NCAA, the school would have made sure he went to the right classes so it would remain eligible.  A student (wink wink). Is that best for the kid? for his family?

dingo
dingo

SMU has some other talent coming in so things are still looking up. But yes, this is a big disappointment for fans.


A 6-5 guard that averaged 10.5 in the ACC at Virginia Tech as a true freshman this year announced today that he will play at SMU starting year after next. He lead the South Grand Prairie Warriors to the 5A state finals last year.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

He's academically eligible to play so had to go to a place where grades don't matter.

Wonder what his brother Stephane is doing to help support mom.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

WTF?...where's the Dad?

My mother graduated college at 50.

Worked her way up and now is #3 in a corp.

My dad is the house husband now and babysits the kids and plays golf.

He worked 3 jobs when they got married.

They have been married for 47 years.

They came from a shifhole and lifted themselves up.

The REAL story is...Who is the father of the boys? Child support? Prime Prep?

dingo
dingo

@Sharon_Moreanus 

'Dad was killed in Zaire..''

That's a pretty tough bear trap to step out of.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

The dad was killed when the kids were young, part of the reason their mother left Zaire and came to America according to an interview with her.

The brother is a senior (I recall) at SMU.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

He was killed of heart disease.

Mom moved the boys with her parents to live in Mansfield close to her sister.

Stephane went to cc and then to TW...with back problems.

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