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The Real Loser in Mudiay’s Decision?


Probably whoever’s grandma bought them this game.

So it’s been a couple of days since Emmanuel Mudiay spurned Coach Cal for his former mentor Larry Brown at SMU, and at this point we’re mostly over the hurt and wishing him well.  Mostly.  But whenever a thing like this happens, sometimes the best way to heal is to compare ourselves to others who are in worse spots.  Actually, that’s pretty terrible life advice, but whatever.  Their tears make us strong.

So who’s the real loser in all of this?

It certainly isn’t Mudiay.  Regardless of how we feel about his decisions, he had very valid reasons for picking SMU over Kentucky, and while it’ll be harder for him to make an impression on scouts or compete against superior talent week-to-week, he’ll be closer to home and able to be in a place he cares about.

The loser isn’t really Kentucky either.  Yeah, we missed a recruit that we were really wanting, but that’s happened before with Shabazz and Wiggins and Cal proved that he can get other super-solid guys to fill that void.  Looking at this year’s class, I don’t think we have any room to complain.  And we shouldn’t have any real problems in 2014, either, with Tyus Jones, Tyler Ulis, and others able and ready to step into the PG position.

As much as we might want to pout, the real loser is Texas.  Not the state, necessarily, but the University.  CBS diagnosed the hemorrhaging going on in Austin, and Emmanuel Mudiay was only the most recent.  In the past seven years, 21 top-40 recruits have rejected Rick Barnes and gone elsewhere.  For a program as purportedly prestigious as Texas, losing three top-40 recruits a year is a pretty staggering number.  In fact, last year three Texas natives defected to Lexington, and we’re happy to have them (Randle and the Harrisons).

So while our initial reaction in losing this recruit might be disappointment, it’s fair to take a step back and acknowledge that it could be worse.  We could be Texas.

Article written by Corey Nichols

17 Comments for The Real Loser in Mudiay’s Decision?

  1. JJ
    8:09 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    The real loser is Mudiay, he just won’t realize it until June 2014.

  2. Catlogic15
    8:33 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t think Barnes isn’t getting s**t over this. We’ve already awoken Slick.

    Let sleeping dogs lie.

  3. Readthewholearticle
    8:40 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    The article is about Texas losing 21 top-40 prospects from TEXAS.

  4. Too bad
    8:43 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    It’s nice to look on the bright side, but let’s get real. Losing Mudiay hurts. Who cares what happens with Texas? They rarely have a good basketball program anyway.

  5. Dick Johnson
    8:51 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky is the loser as in first round NIT loser to Robert Morris

  6. tuxedo park
    9:04 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Wiggins’ buddy) was just ruled ineligible to play at FSU. Those prep schools always scare me as far as academics go. I have family in Huntington and they say that school is a joke.

  7. red headed step child
    9:15 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    Everybody look at #5, we have another TARD amongst us. Don’t stare too long, it is rude.

  8. Tubby who
    9:25 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    No way to sugar coat thing UK is the biggest loser! We lost the best PG in the class who everyone thought was a lock. I’m sure Cal will work is magic like he always does, but given the choice Cal would rather had Mudiay then any other PG.
    Good news is he didn’t drag this out. The kid committed early so the other coaches would have ample time to find anther PG.

  9. bosshogg24
    9:34 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    Tuxedo park, it was not the Huntington school, it was a North Carolina school that he and Wiggins went to for on year!

  10. bosshogg24
    9:46 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    Mudiay was the biggest loser, he just doesn’t know it yet! He went from playing before 24 000 to 3,000! He went from being on TV every game to NO TV, he passed up the Final 4, he passed up a National Championship, he will have lousy facilities at SMU, people won’t know who he is on campus! He will have to watch the NCAA Tournament next spring from his living room couch! A lot to give up to play with your brother who has no future in the NBA!

    Mudiay was offered a Mercedes but chose the VW!

  11. Wes
    10:15 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    Can’t send all my nephews your way. Need to throw some of my other boys a bone once in awhile.

  12. Vincent vega
    10:44 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    Dominique Ferguson.

  13. tuxedo park
    11:06 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    i guess if you can have fake classes at UNC you gotta prepare for them by taking fake classes at North Carolina high schools too.

  14. Basteballer
    11:22 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    No offense, Mr Nichols, but exactly who did we have to step in and fill the empty shoes of Shabazz?

  15. Jeffrey
    11:25 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    I’m not stressing over it, still plenty of time let, and we have much better holdovers for next season than last season. Hawkins has that winners attitude that Harrow did not have, but lets not forget that there are plenty other great PG’s in this class. My money’s on Dante Exum.

  16. UKCatsRedsColts
    5:57 am August 27, 2013 Permalink

    Quentin Snider’s the answer!!!!!!!!
    Let’s get him Calipari and make Lil Ricky’s tatoo fade just a little bit.

  17. Musehobo
    8:33 am August 27, 2013 Permalink

    Yes UK, Mudiay, and Texas were all losers in this one. But I think we were the “biggest” loser. Think about the difference for each one.

    1. Mudiay: If he get’s the “Shabazz effect”, he may end up being the biggest loser. But it’s still possible/likely that he excels in a talent pool that will be evaporating. He’ll probably be fine there.

    2. Texas: Texas sucks. They were going to suck with or without Mudiay. He may have helped them win a few games, but he wouldn’t turn around the stewing presence of failure for Barnes.

    3. UK: While you could argue that UK will be good regardless, think about this. Besides last year, the line UK walks is between being really good and winning it all. Each player we win/lose can make the difference between bringing it home and Elite 8/Final Four. So while is sounds strange to say we could be the “biggest” loser, it basically just means we have the most to lose by missing out on the greatest point guard in the class. Hopefully, we get another elite PG, and we win it all either way. But I’m thinking this year is our best shot at winning it all for another couple of years anyway.