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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

March 23, 2015 Updates
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

March 5, 2015 Updates

Naismith Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown says Emmanuel Mudiay could be the next John Wall, and says numerous NBA teams have called him to discuss the Congolese-American point guard, including the Philadelphia 76ers. “I look at John Wall and the way he’s evolved and I feel comfortable that Emmanuel is a lot like that,” Brown told SNY.tv by phone on Wednesday. ZagsBlog.com

“I think when Deron Williams was healthy and young [they were similar],” Brown said. “He shot the ball better than Emmanuel but Emmanuel’s shot is not broken. If you’re conscientious, you can become a reasonable shooter if you’re shot’s not broken and his shot is not broken. But he doesn’t need to shoot to be effective because I think he’s pass-first. I think he’s a special defender and I think he’s an elite rebounder.” ZagsBlog.com

The Knicks, Lakers and 76ers are among the NBA’s worst teams, and Brown likes the idea of Mudiay landing in a big market like New York, Los Angeles or Philadelphia, all cities where he used to coach. “I want to help the kid and I look at the possibilities with L.A, the Knicks, with Philadelphia, there’s some unbelievable major markets with the chance to really make a difference,” Brown said. “I’m just hopeful that he’s around quality people because he’s an extraordinary kid in my mind and an unbelievable talent at a position you can’t put enough emphasis on.” ZagsBlog.com

Daniels said the most shocking aspect of Mudiay is his patience. "I'd never heard of him before," Daniels said. "I looked at a couple clips and the adjustment he has made has been unbelievable coming from high school. He has the size and ability to go by his man at any time, but he's let the offense come to him. He's setting up everyone else. He's on a veteran team, and he's making sure everyone else is happy." ESPN.com

The major question mark with Mudiay's game revolves around his ability to make shots consistently from the perimeter -- and also run a team. Daniels, when we spoke with him earlier this season, wasn't concerned about Mudiay's ability to knock down shots from deep. "It's gotten better because he works at it," Daniels said. "He takes 200 shots after every practice and his shot is coming along. It's much further along than when he first got here a couple months ago. It takes time for most guys to develop that part of their game. There just aren't many Ray Allens and J.J. Redicks. It's going to come because his work ethic is crazy. He's relentless." ESPN.com

"It's pretty tough for a high school guy to come over there and play," one high-level NBA scout who made the trip to China at the start of Mudiay's season told ESPN.com. "He's playing against talented guys every night who were either elite college players or borderline NBA players. They're all at least four years older than he is. What was clear from those early games was that his confidence level is high. He doesn't back down. When he makes mistakes, he played through it and never seemed to get rattled." ESPN.com

March 4, 2015 Updates

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