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Emmanuel Mudiay
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Mudiay with Prime Prep Academy
Personal information
Born (1996-03-05) March 5, 1996 (age 19)
Kinshasa, DR Congo
Nationality Congolese / American
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Career information
High school Grace Prep (Arlington, Texas)
Prime Prep (Dallas, Texas)
Pro career 2014–present
Position Point guard
Career history
2014–2015 Guangdong Southern Tigers
Career highlights and awards

Emmanuel Mudiay (born March 5, 1996) is a Congolese-American professional basketball player who last played for Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). He committed to play for the SMU Mustangs men's basketball team on August 24, 2013 but later made the decision to forgo college and join a foreign professional team. Mudiay was rated as the second best recruit in his class by Rivals.com and award-winning sports columnist, Gary Parrish. The point guard is also listed as one of the top prospects for the 2015 NBA draft. The Congo native played high school basketball for Grace Preparatory Academy and Prime Prep Academy, where he gained much of the media's attention.

Early life

Mudiay was born on March 5, 1996 in Kinshasa, Zaire to Jean-Paul Mudiay and Therese Kabeya. His father passed away when he was a toddler, and the family was tremendously troubled by the Second Congo War. He lived under the constant threat of the instability in the region, while his mother grew only enough coffee and vegetables to support their needs. In 2001, Kabeya and her sons sought asylum in the United States and eventually escaped.[1]

He primarily spoke French when arriving in the United States, but his younger brother said, "We felt like Americans." Mudiay began playing basketball in middle school and transformed into a talented point guard.

High school career

In his freshman season, Mudiay attended Grace Preparatory Academy in Arlington, Texas where he played alongside Isaiah Austin, who became an elite college center before being diagnosed with Marfan syndrome. Mudiay scored 16 points in the 2011 TAPPS Class 4A Final, helping the team defeat two-time champions Westbury Christian School with the score of 42-37.[2]

Mudiay transferred to Prime Prep Academy in Dallas, Texas with head coach Ray Forsett for his final seasons in high school. The program was put under scrutiny following the ineligibility of Karviar Sheperd and Jordan Mickey, two elite collegiate prospects. Upon excellent seasons with Prime Prep, however, Mudiay was rated the second-best recruit in his class by Rivals.com. He was also predicted to be a highly possible number one pick in the 2015 NBA draft.[3]

He committed to play for the SMU Mustangs men's basketball team on August 24, 2013 because of the prospect of being coached by Larry Brown, who previously won an NBA title with the Detroit Pistons.[4] Mudiay selected the school over other possibilities with the likes of Arizona, Baylor, Kansas, and Kentucky.[5]

In the summer of 2014, Mudiay made the decision to forgo college and play overseas after considering playing in the Chinese Basketball Association. The move caused comparisons with Brandon Jennings, who made a similar choice.[6][7]

Professional career

China (2014–2015)

On July 22, 2014, Mudiay signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.[8][9] On December 5, 2014, Will Bynum was signed by Guangdong as an injury replacement for Mudiay.[10] Mudiay managed just 10 regular season games for Guangdong, only returning to action for the team on March 1 in Game 3 of their semi-final series against the Beijing Ducks.[11] He played in Game 4 as well, but Guangdong lost the best-of-five series 3-1. In 12 total games (10 regular season and two playoff), Mudiay averaged 18.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

References

  1. ^ Smith, Corbett (March 8, 2014). "Once endangered by African war, SMU signee Emmanuel Mudiay aims for NBA career". DallasNews.com. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ Smith, Corbett (March 20, 2014). "Basketball Player of the Year: Emmanuel Mudiay's rise has next stop at SMU". DallasNews.com. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ Payne, Terrence (July 23, 2013). "Top-5 recruit Emmanuel Mudiay will return to Prime Prep". NBCSports.com. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ SMU makes statement with Emmanuel Mudiay's commitment
  5. ^ "Emmanuel Mudiay". Yahoo.com. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ Gleeson, Scott (July 14, 2014). "Emmanuel Mudiay decides not to attend SMU, will turn pro overseas". USAToday.com. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ Thompson, Tyler (July 14, 2014). "Emmanuel Mudiay releases a statement". KentuckySportsRadio.com. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Emmanuel Mudiay signs in China with Guangdong". Sportando.com. July 22, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Emmanuel Mudiay will earn $1.2 million to play in China with Guangdong". Sportando.com. July 22, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Emmanuel Mudiay won't be waived for the moment". Sportando.com. December 5, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ "穆迪埃顶替阿德里安,广东祭出后场双外援". Hupu.com. March 1, 2015. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 

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