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Mudiay’s decision surprisingly an unpopular one among his peers

Reports have been released today from sources stating that Emmanuel Mudiay has opted out of playing college basketball and has instead signed a one-year deal worth more than $1 million. Mudiay had previously committed to play at SMU, over Kentucky and Kansas, however changed his mind for a reason which isn’t entirely known by the public. Some think it has to do with financial problems at home, while others believe it had to do with academic eligibility issues due to his two years spent at Prime Prep.

While rumors of academic eligibility have come into question, it is hard to believe he would not have been declared eligible before the season started. Prime Prep alums Jordan Mickey and Karviar Shephard both were able to enroll and were cleared academically after getting a waiver through the eligibility center.At the same time, lots of players have had had family issues, but have still decided to attend college and wait for the money.

When I first heard this news, I thought he made a stupid decision. However, after thinking about it, lI was surprised this hasn’t become a trend over the years since the NBA started the age rule. When you think about it, in the mind of a high school senior, the pros would definitely outweigh the cons of playing overseas.

While it would be hard to adapt to a new country and culture in such a short time with no family around, you would also be bringing in almost $20k a week (That number makes me depressed) and have all the freedom a kid could ask for. Not to mention no more ‘pop quizzes’ or the stress that comes with school. Best of all, you wouldn’t have the NCAA breathing down your neck every decision you make.

Seems like a solid deal. So why hasn’t this become more of a trend among American born players? While we are on the subject, can we expect more of this if the NBA increases the rule to having to play two years of college before you are eligible for the draft?

No. Because no one does basketball quite like they do in colleges across America.

Players who head directly overseas after high school are just thrown into the ‘bullpen’, with only training they received in high school. Like the NBA, there is little chance for ‘practice’ and proper training, other than what you learn in games.

The future college basketball stars are smart enough to know this.

Playing a year of division one basketball prepares players for the NBA far better than playing overseas. College basketball has some of the best up-and-coming players in the world, with the best competition and plenty of practice time to learn everything they need to know before going to the NBA.

In reality, while going overseas would be the easiest decision, the best decision would be to stay in the US and learn proper basketball by the best coaches the world has to offer. While many think the kids coming out of high school are immature, I believe it is a pretty mature decision to not follow the money and stay around to learn basketball the correct way.

Could you imagine a Kentucky team if all the nation’s best players went to play overseas? That would make for some pretty boring basketball. We should be thankful there isn’t a trend of this and hope that Mudiay doesn’t start one.


Article written by Courtney Hessler

Ashley Judd is my spirit animal. Follow me on twitter at: @Hessler_KSR

20 Comments for Mudiay’s decision surprisingly an unpopular one among his peers

  1. tom selleck
    6:17 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    i had trouble moving to japan at first, but then, (with a little help from pedro cerrano) was able to “contend with overwhelming expectations and cultural differences during the Dragons’ run at the pennant.” try to date the coach’s daughter if possible.

  2. bbn#1
    6:22 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    me personally dont completely agree with overseas they dont teach you anything.. since you are paid if you truly have the determination to want to be great you could always hire someone to teach you these things and to put the time in that nesscary.. yes i agree the other players/coaches/facilities couldnt compare to NCAA but only thing you need is a backboard and a rim.. if you want to get better then youll find a way

    • bbn#1
      6:26 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      also although the exposure isnt as great sometimes that is a good thing.. ex. dante exum this year was slated a top 5 nba pick and stopped playing immediately.. now say if julius did that he wouldnt of even been drafted because all eyes are on him.. basically im saying not as much exposure will show hes great things and alot less of his mistakes.. well unless he truly sucks and wasnt ready but wed find that out anyways

    • arlo
      7:20 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      i hear they actually have coaching staffs over there much the same as here in the usa, but your sources are likely more accurate than mine.

  3. Mark Liptak
    6:30 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    This story by CBS’ Gary Parrish explains why Mudiay basically had to turn pro:

    Apparently he wasn’t going to be eligible because he spent TWO seasons at that school. Story also explains why Mickey and Shephard WERE cleared.

    • She
      6:37 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      Thanks for the link! There was obviously more to the story and I hadn’t seen this.

  4. willie
    7:11 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    How would it be boring? Lets say the top 15 from high school go overseas. The next 15 are now the top 15 and UK still gets 3-4 of those each year.

  5. gordonm
    7:33 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    IF all the nation’s best players went to play overseas, it would be because mother’s of all the nation’s best players didn’t care if the son’s went to college or not.

  6. gossie21
    7:36 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Most top-25 kids go to college thinking that they are a sure-fire OAD prospect. So they think they can pass up signing a contract for one year before the NBA beckons their arrival.

    I think the comfort level with college and staying in the USA is what keeps the players here. Going oversees is a scary prospect for an 18 year old particularly to a country with different languages, customs, and cultures. It is something completely different than what these guys are used to. It is also why you see a lot of fringe NBA quality players toil away in the D-league instead of signing oversees contracts.

  7. sources
    7:42 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    popular is related to taste or opinion. until you get quotes from his peers, you need to call this an uncommon decision, not an unpopular one.

    • ukbradstith
      12:45 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

      It’s unpopular because no one else does it, not because anybody said anything about it.

  8. Cotton Mash
    8:29 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    If it was going to become a “trend” it would have happened after Brandon Jennings did it.

  9. He'll Be Fine
    9:00 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t think that it will hinder him as much as most seem to think. Mudiay is a much better prospect than Brandon Jennings was & Jennings is in the midst of a successful NBA career. He’s a solid starter, just like he was expected to be before going overseas at 18.

  10. He'll Be Fine
    9:03 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Also, if Silver really makes this 2 years after high school rule happen, I’d expect to see this become a popular trend. Either that or it helps pressure the NCAA into allowing players to receive stipends.

  11. katdaddy
    10:18 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink


  12. Gap Tooth Danny
    10:32 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    “Prime Prep alums Jordan Mickey and Karviar Shephard both were able to enroll and were cleared academically after getting a waiver through the eligibility center.”
    As several schools have discovered, this is no indicator that the NCAA will not come back later to hound and harass some high-profile recruits, usually resulting in suspensions or total ineligibilty.

  13. Fan in BG
    11:20 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    I agree with the opinion you reached as it pertains to the current state of college vs. overseas competition and style of play. However, I’m old enough to remember when the US Olympic team was only comprised of college players. Although the play overseas still falls short of collegiate basketball for preparing players for the NBA. It has been gaining by leaps and bounds over the last 20 years. All it will take to further close that gap would be a large influx of young American talent in a 2-3 year period. That talent would export more of an NBA style of play to overseas leagues. Even though I’m for 2 year rule, it may produce that very situation.

    • rockatao
      7:15 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

      check san Antonio spur’s roster to see how poorly prepared foreign players are

  14. Reality check
    1:35 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    He just opened the eyes of a lot of high school players. Uh, go to college and take a bunch of BS classes that I have to take tests on and pass for nothing? Or go overseas and make several hundred thousand to a million. I for one welcome it since it will help spell the demise of the NCAA. The “agents” that have been profiting off these athletes for decades.

  15. Logan
    5:41 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

    The competition is way better overseas than the NCAA especially in Europe