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If Emmanuel Mudiay had come to UK, Tom Izzo thinks he would have gotten Tyler Ulis & Devin Booker

Considering Emmanuel Mudiay didn’t even come to Kentucky, we sure have talked about him a lot over the past few years. When Mudiay committed to SMU, it opened the door for Tyler Ulis to come to Kentucky, which ended up being a blessing in disguise, and it turns out Kentucky fans aren’t the only people who still linger on that scenario. In an interview with the Lansing State Journal earlier this week, Tom Izzo said that had Mudiay gone to Kentucky, Michigan State wouldn’t have just landed Ulis, they would have gotten Devin Booker as well:

But for each kid, there was good reason to be in – a relationship formed early, a relative nearby, signs that MSU could be the place for them.

And if point guard Emmanual Mudiay had signed with Kentucky instead of SMU …

“I think we would have gotten Ulis and Booker,” Izzo said.

He’s probably right. Michigan State was the only other school both Ulis and Booker were considering, and they visited Lansing together right before visiting Kentucky.

I feel like we say this a lot, but maybe we can’t ever say it enough: thank you, Emmanuel Mudiay.

[Lansing State Journal]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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13 Comments for If Emmanuel Mudiay had come to UK, Tom Izzo thinks he would have gotten Tyler Ulis & Devin Booker



  1. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    12:10 pm April 15, 2016 Permalink

    I think he would’ve got them if James Young had come back for a sophomore season too.



  2. nybrasky
    12:34 pm April 15, 2016 Permalink

    If the Queen had balls…



  3. Marj
    12:45 pm April 15, 2016 Permalink

    And if they had gone to Mich St – they would both be looking forward to their junior seasons next year.



  4. UK Chill Fan
    1:37 pm April 15, 2016 Permalink

    You beat me to it



  5. david8577
    1:45 pm April 15, 2016 Permalink

    That team would have had a real chance against MTSU.



  6. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots
    1:48 pm April 15, 2016 Permalink

    This is false. Michigan State was 4th in the Devin Booker sweepstakes. Mizzou seemed to be second with Michigan third. Also, Iowa was second for Ulis not Michigan State.

    Izzo is basing all of this off of a player on his current team that was high school teammates with Ulis.



  7. eyebleedblue
    2:51 pm April 15, 2016 Permalink

    IF Mudiay had played for us, which maybe Cal could’ve sold better than China, we don’t lose to Wisconsin.



    • Jordan
      4:24 pm April 15, 2016 Permalink

      If Mudiay came, you wouldn’t have seen the greatness that was Tyler Ulis this season



    • VulcanEar
      8:12 pm April 15, 2016 Permalink

      Great trade if the Wisconsin game ends up a W



    • VulcanEar
      8:13 pm April 15, 2016 Permalink

      Then again, if Ulis played more minutes than Harrison, Cats beat Wisconsin



  8. millertime98
    4:05 am April 16, 2016 Permalink

    Booker is from Grand Rapids, about 45 minutes from MSU