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February 21, 2015 Updates

McHale said McDaniels, 22, obviously needs seasoning. "As with most young guys he is not a finished product," McHale said. "He is a guy we will see what he does and see what he needs to work on and will develop a program for him, and we will try to see if we can make him the best basketball player he can be." Also in Dallas, former Sixers coach and current SMU coach Larry Brown indicated that the Sixers have taken a strong liking to Emmanuel Mudiay. The 6-foot-5 point guard, 18, had committed to SMU before deciding to play in China. Philadelphia Inquirer

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A second NBA executive said Kentucky’s versatile 6-foot-11 forward Karl-Anthony Towns of Piscataway, N.J., and Dallas point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who opted to play overseas in China rather at SMU, are other possibilities, depending on who lands the first pick. Ohio State dynamic freshman guard D’Angelo Russell is a possible sleeper, as well. “It’s not 100 percent,” another NBA scout maintained. “There’s definitely other options. It depends on the need of a team. [Okafor will] definitely be in every single talk for the No. 1 pick.” New York Post

January 21, 2015 Updates

A former league executive gave an insightful reason why international players—and perhaps examples such as Brandon Jennings and Emmanuel Mudiay—are better served playing overseas than in the D-League: The high cost of traveling invariably prompts owners to send their higher-echelon executives to see those players, while scouts and lower-rung executives are more apt to get the Santa Cruz itinerary. Who the top decision-maker has seen live, or most often, can tip the scales when it comes to pre-draft skull sessions. Bleacher Report

January 16, 2015 Updates

After a practice session, the Chinese media had a chance to interview Mudiay. [Scroll down to view]. “I’m still here; I want to stay as long as possible. I still hope to be here when we win the championship. ..The final decisions will be made by the team and the coach. I really like China, if I didn’t like it I think I’d be home a long time ago. My family and I are all here and we like it here, I will be here supporting my team and want to stay until the end… I’m still not fully recovered and have been out for a while now, but thank god that I’ve recovered well and will be evaluating the injury each day… There is no time schedule on when I will be back on the court. I am patiently recovering. My trainer gave me a good rehab plan and will not rush to get back into competition, since I’m not 100% yet… I will be cheering on my teammates and supporting my team.” (Translated Text/ this interview was not broadcasted, but was in a written article) NBADraft.net

January 9, 2015 Updates

We're all still waiting to see if Mudiay will play another game in China. He has been out since late November nursing an ankle injury. That injury, sources say, is healed. However, former NBA guard Will Bynum has taken his place in the rotation and is playing well. That could be the explanation, though many of the NBA scouts I've spoken with believe he has decided to shut it down for the season. However, a source close to Mudiay told me they do anticipate that Mudiay will return to the court. The question is when. ESPN.com

January 7, 2015 Updates

Emmanuel Mudiay will remain with Guangdong for the season, collecting his entire salary, according to an interview with Chinese media. Mudiay missed last games due to an injury but he recently was back at practice. Sportando

January 6, 2015 Updates

The majority of people in the basketball world assumed Emmanuel Mudiay's playing days in China where long over. Everyone expected him to go back home, rehab and get ready for pre draft workouts. However the latest update has him practicing with the team and it looks like he will be ready to return to action soon. The question remains if the Guangdong Tigers will use their last import player switch to bring back Mudiay, as the CBA rule only allows 2 import player changes for the regular season, and the first was used on WIll Bynum following Mudiay's ankle injury. An additional one is granted if the team makes the playoffs. NBADraft.net

The team has 10 games left on their regular season schedule, running until February 2nd. The CBA playoffs will then begin. It will be interesting to see what happens, but the chances of a Mudiay return has definitely increased as many around the team are speculating that he will be back on the floor NBADraft.net

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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