In a major twist of fate for Larry Brown and SMU, Emmanual Mudiay, has decided to get an agent and take his skills overseas forfeiting his amateur status with the NCAA.
Mudiay is listed as the second ranked point guard behind Tyus Jones (Duke) and two spots ahead of Tyler Ulis. Kentucky recruited Emmanual Mudiay heavily and finished second in the recruiting battle behind Larry Brown and SMU. Baylor, Kansas, and Oklahoma State were also in the top 5 for Mudiay.
The reason for his decision to take his prowess overseas was not an academic issue, but, more of a “hardship” case according to a statement made by Mudiay.
“I was excited about going to SMU and playing college basketball for Coach Brown and his staff and preparing for the NBA, but I was tired of seeing my mom struggle,” Mudiay’s brother, Stephane, said in quotes his brother provided to SI.com. “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.”
It’s always easy to look at a situation from the outside and suggest, “wouldn’t it be better to have a year in college to prepare for the next level?”, but, based upon his statement, we can only imagine what situation the family may be facing.
As far as Kentucky is concerned, the news about Mudiay, and the early chatter about Tyler Ulis looking good in the Bahama Games preparation makes signing Ulis a best-case scenario for Kentucky. In essence, Ulis just moved up to the 3 spot on the rankings system at point guard. Caliapari is doing something right.
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