No winners with Mudiay's departure
July, 14, 2014
By Jeff Goodman | ESPN Insider
Kelly Kline/Under ArmourA point guard with rare explosiveness, Emmanuel Mudiay would've helped SMU, and his own game.Emmanuel Mudiay’s camp claims it's to provide for his family. Sources told ESPN.com the talented 6-foot-5 point guard is headed overseas instead of playing for Larry Brown at SMU due to concerns of the NCAA digging into amateurism issues.
Whatever the case, it’s a huge blow to the Mustangs. And it may not do much for Mudiay's pro prospects, either. I've gotten mixed opinions from NBA evaluators on how much this impacts stock, but what you don't hear is that the move could actually improve Mudiay's standing. "This is only going to hurt the kid," said one NBA executive. "He’ll struggle overseas like the other guys who have tried."
Perhaps more than that, not only does Mudiay miss out on greater exposure, he misses the opportunity to be coached by the great Larry Brown.
On the college hoops side, Mudiay was a likely one-and-done guy