Emmanuel Mudiay is an 18 year old basketball player from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He committed to the University of Southern Methodist on August 24, 2013, later decided to forgo college and play basketball on an international team.
July 22, 2014: Mudiay decided to sign and play for GuangDong of the Chinese Basketball Association. He will receive a contract of 1.2 Million Dollars a season. In my opinion I think Mudiay made the right decision. He is physically and mentally ready to go and play for a professional basketball team. Emmanuel is a mature kid that has a bright future ahead of him, he is projected to be a lottery pick in the 2015 NBA draft. Also, Mudiay will be ahead of the players in his class that attended college as he will have already played a year in a professional league. He also has a few shoe companies coming after him to sign a deal, that’s another way Emmanuel will be having income for him and his family. Some think it will hurt his draft stock, others think it will help it. I’m one who supports Emmanuel’s decision, he made the bold decision of choosing to forgo college and play overseas. I personally know Mudiay, he’s a bright kid that has a lot ahead of him. Unfortunately by making this decision it moves the hype train and expectations way up. If he doesn’t get drafted where he was projected to be selected, then people will say his decision was wrong and it made his game developed poorly during that one year abroad. Emmanuel has so much talent that one day he will be a top guard in the NBA, and be signed with a big shoe company.
This also shows the kind of care Emmanuel has for his family, looking to help his mother get out of the financial trouble she is in. Emmanuel is a great role model for tons of kids around the world, in my opinion his decision shows that he was a leader and took his own path away from everyone else. He also showed that family matters more than anything else.
I am about to make a bold statement: Emmanuel Mudiay is by far (yes by far) the best player in the class of 2014. I truly hope the best for Emmanuel in his career from here on.