When preparing to draft upcoming prospects, NBA scouts scour the collegiate level nationwide for talent and future stars - Mudiay is nowhere to be seen in that talent pool.
Having considered college basketball for the 2014-15 season, Emmanuel Mudiay chose to spend a year plying his trade in China; a league where his overwhelming athleticism was showcased on a nightly basis.
Who is Mudiay?
At 6 foot 5 and 200 pounds, Mudiay is a point guard of Congolese-American origins who grew up in Texas.
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Having plied his trade in Texas for high-school basketball, Mudiay had committed to SMU before forgoing his college career and 'jumping ship' to china on a $1.2 million contract.
Similar in athleticism to the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook, Mudiay leaves pundits and fans alike drooling at the mouth with his 'up-side'.
Who could draft him?
With the results of the lottery already decided, the prime movers and shakers are known.
The Timberwolves drew number one and are more likely to pursue a big-man than a guard - especially with the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns and Duke's Jahlil Okafor on the board.
Mudiay is more likely to be drafted by one of the teams proceeding Minnesota, primely the LA Lakers.
With the retirement of Steve Nash and the looming retirement of All-Star shooting guard Kobe Bryant, the Lakers head office will realise the need to bolster their backcourt in the upcoming draft. Mudiay possesses the athleticism and know-how to be a weapon all of his own but the prospect of him linking up with 'Swaggy P' Nick Young and the forceful Julius Randle is an exciting one.
The Lakers would be well-informed to use their No.2 pick to draft Mudiay and have an NBA ready talent from the 'get-go'.
The 76ers have the the third pick but are more than likely to draft a big man, leaving Mudiay as a possibility for the New York Knicks. Undeniably the NBA's worst team in the 2014-15 season, the Knicks require improvement all-round so will look at the possible inclusion of Mudiay to their squad with lust and awe. The team needs someone to run the offence other than Carmelo Anthony, thus allowing Melo to play his natural game - Mudiay could be that 'someone'.
Realistically it would be a shock to see the Guangdong Southern Tigers point guard be drafted outside of the first 5 picks - the lottery picks - however, if that peculiar happening is to, well, happen then the likes of the Sacramento Kings and the Denver Nuggets at 6 and 7 in the draft will be chomping at the bit to add Emmanuel Mudiay to their rosters.
Wherever Mudiay ends up in the draft, all NBA fans would be best-informed to keep a keen eye on his progress in the league. This kid not only has the up-side and potential to be a household name, but he could well leave a lasting legacy on the league.
If you want to see an exciting, athletic brand of basketball then your tastebuds will be more than tantalized when watching Mudiay 'pull-strings' and influence games. Watch out, Emmanuel Mudiay is about!
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