Emmanuel Mudiay is Kentucky’s top target at the PG position for the 2014 class, and this week at the Fab 48 AAU Tournament in Las Vegas he has given people a glimpse as to why.
Mike Decourcy of the Sporting News penned a piece on the 6-5 guard from Arlington, Texas yesterday proclaiming that although the #1 ranked PG in the nation didn’t play his best in a 12-point loss to the Arkansas Wings, he still proved why he is one of the most sought-after recruits in the nation. After suffering what appeared to be a bad knee injury early in the game, Mudiay returned to help his Mo Williams Elite team cut down a 25-point deficit in the 2nd half, before ultimately falling short. Mudiay is joined on the Mo Williams Elite team by UK 2015 target Malik Newman, who some analysts believe may be the best scorer in HS basketball regardless of class. Despite a subpar performance by his standards, Mudiay still impressed Decourcy with his inate ability to find open teammates, garnering a favorable comparison with another former Calipari guard.
First off, Mudiay did show off a phenomenal feel for finding open teammates. He is an eager, willing passer who excels at creating openings for teammates by driving the ball, anticipating from which direction defensive help will arrive and delivering passes that are easy to catch and convert.
Book it now: He will average at least a half-dozen assists per game as a college freshman. Because he stands 6-3, and perhaps because Kentucky’s John Calipari is one of the coaches pursuing him hardest, Mudiay commonly is compared to NBA star Tyreke Evans, who played for Calipari at Memphis.
Although Evans always had the ability to make the spectacular pass, his conversion to the point was a process at Memphis, and he still averages fewer than 5 assists for his career. Mudiay looks first to run his team, to make things happen for those around him.
On top of that, Mudiay showed out in a major way during today’s game against Belmont Shore of California, scoring 27 of his 31 points in the 2nd half to lead his MWA team to an 80-79 comeback win in OT. According to reports, Mudiay knocked down 3 3-pointers in the final minute and a half of the game to force overtime before eventually pulling out the W. Moral of the story: HE’S GOOD.