HoopsHype Emmanuel Mudiay rumors

September 16, 2014 Updates

Six years ago, Under Armour signed Brandon Jennings, a high school basketball standout who made the unconventional decision to forgo college for a pro career overseas. Today, history repeats itself, as the brand has announced a deal with Emmanuel Mudiay. "With Emmanuel joining our roster, Under Armour Basketball has added one of the game's best young players to our team," said Matt Mirchin, EVP, Global Marketing, Under Armour. "For such a young player, Emmanuel has a complete game, is a leader and plays with a toughness that stands out the moment you see him step on the court. When you combine that with his commitment to training and his positive attitude, he has the potential to be a special player for a long time. We're proud to now be a part of his journey." "Joining the Under Armour team is an important step in the pursuit of my ultimate dream to compete at the game's highest level," said Mudiay. "Knowing their dedication to making athletes better and how well their footwear performs made them the perfect partner." Sole Collector

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August 4, 2014 Updates

1. Jahlil Okafor. 76ers' odds of winning lottery: 25 percent. The Sixers finished with the second-worst record in the league last year and have done little to help their cause in 2014-15. They drafted two players who likely won't play for them this season (Joel Embiid is expected to miss much of the year recovering from injury and Dario Saric is playing in Europe) and have done little in free agency. Nerlens Noel will be the big addition to the team. So while the odds are heavily in the Sixers' favor to land the No. 1 pick, this draft will do little to help their team needs. The team has two young centers in Noel and Embiid. But Okafor is the consensus No. 1 pick right now and with the exception of Emmanuel Mudiay, all of the other top prospects are bigs as well. While Okafor is different than Noel and Embiid -- the Duke freshman is an old-school, back-to-the-basket, below-the-rim post beast -- he could create a log jam considering Philly's roster. But for GM Sam Hinkie, assets are the key right now and Okafor appears to be the most valuable asset in the draft. ESPN.com

July 31, 2014 Updates

The reason didn't matter. What did were the terms of the deal he signed and who he signed it with: a $1.275 million contract to play a single 30-35 game season for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. That's $1.275 million, mostly tax-free, for five months of work. Moreover, the season ends in March, allowing him plenty of time to prep for next June's NBA draft. It's a lot more than tuition, room and board offered by SMU and more than enough to spin heads all over the recruiting trail. "I think the new snack money will convince kids to go to school," joked Louisville coach Rick Pitino as he watched the AAU Nationals here earlier this month, referencing the NCAA initiative to provide unlimited food to players. "We've got free Power Bars," he continued. Yahoo! Sports

July 28, 2014 Updates

Adam Zagoria: Emmanuel Mudiay has been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse but still plans to play overseas for financial reasons, source tells @SNYtv. Mudiay said he would skip SMU and play overseas for financial reasons, not because of academics at Prime Prep. Reportedly signed for $1.2M. Mudiay is still expected to be a top-5 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft & will now get paid this year as opposed to risking his health in college Twitter @AdamZagoria

July 23, 2014 Updates

Stephon Marbury talked with Sohu Sports about Mudiay coming to China: "Mudiay came to China and I think it's a great publicity for the Chinese basketball movement. I believe that his arrival could increase the appeal of the league and as a result its competitiveness, attracting new players to this state. We will welcome with open arms all the American players who wish to build a career here". Sportando

July 22, 2014 Updates

Mudiay, 19, had been faced with eligibility issues for his freshman season at Southern Methodist University under Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown and made the decision to play in China before becoming eligible for the 2015 NBA draft. Yahoo! Sports

Emmanuel Mudiay will start his pro career in China with Guandgond, as announced by the CBA team. The 6-foot-5 guard has been projected as a lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Sportando

July 14, 2014 Updates

Yannis Koutroupis: According to a source close to the situation, Mudiay's camp thinks his decision to go overseas could pay off in the millions immediately. Only league Mudiay could make millions in, though, is China - and everyone I've talked to says that would be the worst place for him. Twitter @YannisNBA

Yannis Koutroupis: From what I've heard, D-League isn't an option for Mudiay, even though he'd be taken care of financially beyond D-League salary by his agent Twitter @YannisNBA

Luke Winn: Just talked with Emmanuel Mudiay's brother Stephane, and he gave me a statement from Emmanuel: "I was excited about going to SMU and playing college basketball for coach Brown and his staff and preparing for the NBA. But I was tired of seeing my mom struggle. And after sitting down with coach Brown and my family we decided that the best way for me to provide for my mom was to forgo college and pursue professional basketball opportunities. I am grateful for Prime Prep coach [Ray] Forsett for developing me into the player and man that I am and I am also grateful for coach Brown's guidance and his support. This has nothing to do with my eligibility in any way." Twitter @lukewinn

Mudiay, an explosive 6-foot-5 guard, has been projected as a lottery pick in the 2015 NBA draft. The Chinese Basketball Association has been discussed as a possible destination for Mudiay, a native of the Congo. Mudiay has had ongoing conversations with SMU coach Larry Brown and university officials about his ability to become academically eligible to play his freshman year, sources told Yahoo Sports. Mudiay has wanted to play for the Hall of Fame coach at his hometown school, but there are concerns about the NCAA clearing him to play for the 2014-15 season, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

April 20, 2014 Updates

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