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Playing for hall of fame coach Larry Brown fuels Emmanuel Mudiay's excitement after signing with SMU
Emmanuel Mudiay signed his national letter of intent Wednesday afternoon to play basketball for SMU next season. The five-star Prime Prep Academy point guard completed the paperwork on a blue and red draped table inside the field house on Prime Prep’s campus.
Mudiay’s decision was a reflection of the people surrounding him at that table — his mother and two older brothers.
Mudiay passed over Kentucky, Louisville and Kansas to play close to home next year, which might be his only collegiate season as a possible one-and-done NBA prospect. Rivals.com ranks the 6-5 Mudiay as the second-best recruit in the nation in the Class of 2014.
“No doubt about it, it was tough,” said Mudiay about passing on offers from the nation’s top basketball programs. “Then again, it’s part of the process. But choosing SMU was the best fit for me.”
Jean-Michael Mudiay, Emmanuel’s older brother, is a junior guard at SMU.
“To be able to play with his brother, that’s just a dream that they always wanted,” Prime Prep coach Ray Forsett said. “That’s a family dream for mom. It’s even better for her.”
Forsett said he’s been impressed with Mudiay’s increased leadership over the last four seasons and compared his style of play to Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose. Forsett believes Mudiay is among the best in the nation at getting to the rim — evidenced by Mudiay’s 33-point performance in an 85-79 win against Houston Yates on Monday, in which he didn’t attempt a single 3-pointer or long jump shot.
“He’s not as fast as Derrick, but he’s as explosive,” Forsett said.
Mudiay said family was an important factor in his decision, but didn’t want to downplay his excitement to play for Mustangs coach Larry Brown.
“I can’t wait,” Mudiay said. “I’m playing with a Hall of Famer. He’s going to get the best out of me.”