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With the NBA draft now less than two months away, the New York Knicks continue to be very high on Karl Anthony-Towns, Jahlil Okafor and Emmanuel Mudiay. But, according to ESPN Insider Chad Ford, Towns is currently the Knicks' top choice if they wind up with the No. 1 pick. New York ranks Towns at No. 1 on its draft board, followed by Okafor, Mudiay, Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell and Duke’s Justise Winslow, sources inside the organization told Ford. ESPN.com

April 22, 2015 Updates

Derek Bodner: Keep seeing people say Mudiay is in the "Derrick Rose mold" of ultra-athletic point guards. I think some people are going to be disappointed. Not necessarily disappointed in Mudiay as a prospect, but stylistically. He's not a Derrick Rose / Russell Westbrook level athlete. Twitter @DerekBodnerNBA

April 21, 2015 Updates

Fresh off a third Chinese Basketball Association title, Stephon Marbury weighed in on the Knicks’ potential draft pick, fellow CBA point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, calling the mystery prospect a player who is “going to be really good.’’ In a phone interview from Beijing, the ex-Knicks point guard from Coney Island branded Phil Jackson “a visionary’’ and claims to “love the triangle.’’ New York Post

Marbury, who had a postage stamp issued in his honor Saturday, got the better of Mudiay in their head-to-head meeting in the CBA semifinals last month. Mudiay, who turned 19 in March, played for Guangdong, but when he faced Marbury, he was just returning from a long absence due to an ankle injury. “He’s a kid who is going to be really good, has a big upside,’’ Marbury said. “He’s got real potential, started at 18. He can play at a high level. It’s about the people around [him] and who he surrounds himself with is important to what goes on in his career.’’ New York Post

April 2, 2015 Updates

The team is said to be interested in the two top guards on the board, Emmanuel Mudiay and D’Angelo Russell, and while both are intriguing prospects, big men Jahlil Okafor or Karl Anthony-Towns probably would prove too hard to pass up if they’re available. Sporting News

He stuck it out in China, rehabbed his ankle, brought his mother over to live with him, and even developed close bonds with teammates to the point that he was calling Guangdong captain Zhu Fangyu his “Chinese Brother.” Developing relationships with teammates went a long ways and earned a lot of respect in the locker room. Instead of being the prima-donna big shot hype from America, Mudiay was now just one of the guys. Exactly the way Mudiay wants it, his natural point guard mentality of putting everyone else first showing through. HoopsHype

One would think as an 18 year old in China with deep pockets, extra down time, and all the foreign media attention on him, there would be a few stories here and there popping up of Mudiay run-ins with the law, extravagant parties, or even just late nights out in the city. Nope, none. I asked numerous knowledgeable trusted sources in China to find any interesting behind-the-scenes story that they could provide on Mudiay, but to no avail. Clean as a whistle. A far cry from another American import a couple years earlier – JR Smith. HoopsHype

March 26, 2015 Updates

Do you feel like the physicality is going to prepare you more for the NBA? Emmanuel Mudiay: Actually Will Bynum was my teammate and Jeff Adrien, and they told me the NBA is actually easier physicality wise. We were getting fouls, but overseas you have to play through them. They said it wouldn’t be like this in the NBA, but it would still be physical. But they said I’m kind of a step ahead from going over there first and taking that beating, I guess. Scout.com

How do you think it prepared you for the Draft? Emmanuel Mudiay: Will Bynum, Jeff Adrien, Stephon Marbury, Al Harrington, Willie Warren, all of the players I was playing against told me what to expect in the league. They’ve been there and played there. I played against a lot of NBA players and it got the best out of me. The first game against Stephon Marbury was an eye opener. I had 18 or something like that, but it felt different. He talked to me after the game and he gave me advice on how to play over there. After he told me that, my game started going up and up. Then I got hurt. But everything he told me stayed in my mind. Then Will came after I got hurt so I was seeing him in practice everyday and going against him. That was helping me out and I got that call to come back and play and I was ready. Scout.com

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March 19, 2015 Updates

The GM now thinks this class can be as good as, or better than last year’s. “Wiggins and Parker were wings,” he says. “One thing about this class, if you’re at the top of the draft, you’re going to get a big man or a point guard.” There’s a solid consensus as to who the the top four players in this draft, but despite the early hype for the best bigs, they could go in any order. And they are: D’Angelo Russell, 6-4, 175, Fr., Ohio State–I’m saying he’ll go No. 1, but he definitely could. Forbes.com

March 18, 2015 Updates

As has been noted before, Mudiay’s injury-plagued season in China has kept him off the NBA radar. It hasn’t created skeptics—scouts are still enamored with his scoring point guard potential—so much as curiosity. He returned from China this week and plans to begin his workouts to prepare for the draft next week. A strong combine will likely cement Mudiay’s place as the first point guard off the board. Sports Illustrated

March 12, 2015 Updates

We went all-in on Mudiay last week. I wrote a feature story on his play in China and his quest to be the No. 1 pick. Fran Fraschilla broke him down in a film session. Jeff Goodman talked to former NBA players who played against Mudiay in China for a scouting report, and Kevin Pelton and I examined what analytics had to say about Mudiay. The consensus? Mudiay is still very much in play for the No. 1 pick. While his play in China didn't move the needle too much, how he handled the situation seems to have convinced scouts that he has the maturity and work ethic to handle the NBA. ESPN.com

March 10, 2015 Updates

Not many would have predicted that Emmanuel Mudiay would come back to play again. But he made a playoff comeback and was even the hero in Game 3. Down 0-2 to the Beijing Ducks, the Guangdong Tigers felt like they needed to make a change. Bringing back Mudiay to replace a disappointing Jeff Adrian gave them an interesting backcourt with Mudiay and Will Bynum. As risky as the move sounded for Guangdong and Mudiay himself, it worked out perfectly as Guangdong dominated Beijing in Game 3, with Mudiay tallying 24 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. NBADraft.net

Mudiay was not able to fully showcase his abilities on his final night. Although he played 44 minutes, we rarely saw him aggressively attack like he can. It was disappointing to see Mudiay not trying to guard Marbury when Stephon was driving past his man with ease getting layup after layup. Another disappointing loss for Mudiay and his Guangdong Tigers in Beijing. Mudiay's first pro game was after a disappointing performance dominated by Stephon Marbury, and so would his last. It will be hard to say how these couple of games affected his draft stock as we've seen him struggle like he did during the regular season, but also show flashes of potential. Credit him for making the effort to get back on the court, and it's important to cut him some slack as he was just coming back from the injury and still performed fairly well. NBADraft.net

March 6, 2015 Updates

In Game 3, his official return, Mudiay put up 28 points, eight assists and eight rebounds. “I did a couple of his games early on and he looked like a high school player who didn’t look physically up to being in a professional league — he looked like a teenager,’’ Crispino told The Post at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis Wednesday before the Knicks were routed by the Pacers. “He showed flashes of being a good basketball player but nothing like he’d be a top-5 pick.’’ New York Post

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