HoopsHype Emmanuel Mudiay rumors

December 9, 2014 Updates

1. Kristaps Porzingis, PF, 7-1, 220 pounds, Spain Cajasol Sevilla, 19: "He is a top-three prospect. He's a Dirk Nowitzki-type but more athletic. He runs the floor, plays above the rim and is a face-up guy. He has a shot at being the No. 1 pick and is definitely in the top three." 2. Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, 6-5, 190 pounds, China Guangdong, 18: "He is a new generation point guard with size, athleticism and speed. … He's not a score-first guard." 3. Mario Hezonja, SG, 6-8, 200 pounds, Spain Barcelona, 19: "A swingman with really good size and strength already at a young age. Good shooter who attacks the rim. Smaller Danilo Gallinari-type who will be a better NBA player than overseas player." Yahoo! Sports

December 6, 2014 Updates

Emmanuel Mudiay could “pull an Exum” and just not play competitive basketball until the 2015 NBA Draft, one league source told SNY.tv Friday. “Sources close to him say that he is going to pull a Dante Exum,” the source said. “That is more logical than coming back to play in the D-League.” ZagsBlog.com

Mudiay would be eligible to sign with the NBA D-League if he receives clearance from FIBA, but why would he risk that path when he could just train for the Draft and build his stock the way Exum did? “I don’t think it would help him,” one D-League source said. “It would only hurt.” ZagsBlog.com

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Emmanuel Mudiay would've topped this list a week ago. Through his first nine games in China, he's averaging 18.9 PPG, 6.6 RPG and 6.3 APG and shooting 49 percent from field. However, an ankle injury suffered late last week has him out a minimum of two weeks. The long-term prognosis is good, a source close to Mudiay told me. It isn't a serious injury. But his people are going to play it safe. ESPN.com

His stock is too high right now. Most scouts I've spoken with have him either No. 2 or No. 3 on their boards. Mudiay does have things to work on. After a hot shooting start, he's down to shooting 32 percent from 3 and he's averaging 3.1 turnovers per game. But overall, he's impressed everyone. A number of scouts are heading over to China in a couple of weeks to get an up-close look. We should know even more then. ESPN.com

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Emmanuel Mudiay denied reports he might leave China before their season ends in order to boost his NBA stock. “This is all rumors, it’s completely false,” Mudiay told reporters in China, according to this report which was translated. “The media are the ones that like to come out with these things, but it’s not the reality.” ZagsBlog.com

Asked if he would play the full season, the 6-foot-5 Mudiay said: ” I will, without question. Right now I’m playing in Guangdong, and will definitely be with the team until the end, through the end of the season.” ZagsBlog.com

November 15, 2014 Updates

He has started well for Guangdong, a team in the Chinese Basketball Association with a long history of players from the United States, including Aaron Brooks, James Singleton, Fred Jones, Lester Hudson, Lamond Murray and Smush Parker. His fast start is enough to spark speculation from front offices that Mudiay will leave before the regular season ends in mid-February to keep him healthy and keep his Draft standing high -- and keep him from the prying eyes of NBA scouts. "They could," an executive said of the decision to shut down that Mudiay's inner-circle may face. "They could for sure." NBA.com

Said an NBA general manager: "I could see, if his stock is raised, him saying, 'I'm checking out.' I could see that. Does he do it? I don't know. But look what happened with [Dante] Exum last year. It didn't really hurt him, did it? There's an argument to be made that [Mudiay] doesn't have to do anything." NBA.com

November 13, 2014 Updates

What are your thoughts on Mudiay in China and the D-League and foreign leagues as a destination for prospects? Chad Ford: He's been really good. He just finished his fifth game for Guangdong. His team is 4-1. He had 16 points and 9 assists in his last game versus Fujian. He's already had a triple-double. He's shooting the ball really well from three. He's young and he turns the ball over too much at times, but every scout I've spoken with who's seen him is impressed. He'll make a major play for the No. 1 pick -- especially if a team really in need of guard play gets the pick. ESPN.com

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