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Mudiay signs one-year deal in China worth $1.2 million


Emmanuel Mudiay, Kentucky’s top point guard target in the 2014 class, picked SMU over the Cats and Kansas, but it is the People’s Republic of China that wins his services in the end. ESPN is reporting Mudiay signed a one-year deal worth $1.2 million to play professional basketball in the land of canned air and orange chicken.

Mudiay insists his decision to chase the money over college is to provide for his mother, but it is believed he is running from the NCAA. There were concerns with his eligibility and he was worried, one source told ESPN.

What we thought was Calipari’s worst loss in recruiting since coming to UK proved to be a blessing. Had Mudiay committed to UK, like everyone expected, BBN wouldn’t have four years of Tyler Ulis to look forward to.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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21 Comments for Mudiay signs one-year deal in China worth $1.2 million

  1. DB11
    12:07 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Wow, it all now makes sense.

  2. Sorry you can't play
    12:13 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    This kid got word somehow that he was not going to play in any NCAA sactioned games/events this year and hence made the right choice to go abroad to get some money. It will be weird to see him come back for the NBA draft, just as it was for Brandon Jennings. I’ve always wondered how much money these kids cost themselves by not paying attention to their grades or going to the privately created basketball factories.

  3. Jughead
    12:13 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    So, he plays one year for 1.2 million then enters the draft?

    Sounds smart to me.

    • Yep
      1:00 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      Agreed-I just hope we don’t see a pattern here.

  4. Anthony Davis Has A Posse
    12:24 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Good for him, you are risking career jeopardizing injury every time you step on the court, so go get paid what you are worth! There needs to be a legitimate alternative to the current system under which NCAA acts as a free farm league for the NBA.

    It is great when elite prospects choose to play in the NCAA, but right now they are pretty much forced into it.

  5. Rise
    12:33 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    After seeing this why do blue chip recruits even play college ball. Go oversees for one year, play against better talent while getting paid. After that year, enter the draft and get paid more money. Sounds like college is a waste of time.

    • Eric
      12:48 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink


      College is the better option for all reasons academically. However, from a purely pro athlete aspect, the exposure received here in the states on National media takes the cake. Most of the foreign players you see go late in the draft fall that low because the depth of the scouting was not even close.

    • J-Dub421
      1:14 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      Also, the talent level and coaching overseas is not better than in college basketball. The foreign leagues are made up of guys you’ve never heard of and will never hear of, and the ones who weren’t good enough to make it in the NBA. Playing for a major college program will give you way more national media exposure, and better coaching and development.

    • JVice
      2:58 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      JDub is right. The overall talent level is worse than high D1 programs. Remember, they aren’t playing against the Chinese national team here. It’s just a league made of Chinese players.

    • stubbs
      3:21 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      There are numerous reasons that most high-level prospects play D1 college ball instead of going overseas. Exposure is a big one, though that might be a false positive, considering the Dante Exum situation, where he actually ROSE significantly in the draft because he essentially sat out of competitive play for a year. The biggest reason is that it’s an entrenched system, and college coaches heavily recruit american highschool players. The foreign leagues do not recruit actively in the US, it’s too time-consuming and expensive for them to do so, and they can’t really compete with the NBA in this particular talent market.

      Talent level is not generally a problem for the foreign leagues. Euroleague (the top-tier European league) teams are significantly better than D1 college teams. There are a ton of lower leagues with decent pay, but 19-year olds that are planning to bolt for the NBA draft as soon as they can are not in high demand. This Mudiay contract is surprisingly good for him, not only because it’s a pretty good payout, but because it’s so short. Most of the European teams will not sign these guys to lucrative 1-year contracts – the CBA is not as competitive as the European leagues and might have trouble getting western players, which would explain them throwing a bucket of money at a hyped 19-year-old.

  6. Will
    12:38 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    “in the land of canned air and orange chicken”
    — I think that’s a better opportunity than in the land of KFC

    • drunkswanson
      1:48 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      Actually there are +4,000 KFC’s in China with another 700 slated to open this year, it is their largest food chain…

  7. mike
    12:40 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    I agree.

  8. Kevin C.
    12:55 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    UK dodged a bullet with this one.

  9. catscatscats
    12:59 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    I believe we didled a bullet as well but why are we believing that Ulis will stay all 4 years? Just because he’s short? Interesting…

  10. Nichvegas
    1:03 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Why is Ulis always talked about as a 4 year guy? I hope he sticks around, but he’s getting a ton of hype right now pre-season. Is it simply his size or has he said that he wants to play 4 years already?

    • J-Dub421
      1:16 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      It is his size. I know there are smaller guards in the league, but they are few and far between.

  11. daniel ng
    1:23 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Land of canned air and orange chicken??? Do you know how ignorant you sound. That’s like saying Mexico is the land of Taco Bell. Dumb as shit.

    • Ignorance Stopper
      1:40 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      Hand shake!

  12. Ignorance Stopper
    1:39 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    “Canned air”? Purrrr. FYI, the kid will play for a professional team located in Guangzhou or Canton which is almost the southernest part of the country and where the sky is blue too. Don’t you see the background of the picture of the kid? You got the orange chicken part right though.

  13. Chris from Paducah
    2:36 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Didn’t Shabazz “I’m so hungry” Napier play 4 years cause he was so short?