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Emmanuel Mudiay to Earn $1.2M in Chinese League

Just last week, consensus “cotdamn this boy is goooood” basketball star Emmanuel Mudiay was heading to SMU, to play for Larry Brown. Then he decided to spend that year—he was always going to be a one-and-done player—playing overseas. Whether that has anything to do with his eligibility (he went to Deion Sanders’ floundering Prime Prep) is up for debate.

What isn’t up for debate is that he’s making bank next year. According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Mudiay will earn $1.2 million next season playing for Guangdong of the China Basketball Association. The deal recalls Brandon Jennings three-year, $1.65 million deal with Lottomatica Virtus Roma in 2008, plus his $2 million deal with Under Armour. Whether Mudiay’s career will reflect Jennings’ (that would be OK, but not great) or Aquille Carr’s (that would be an abject failure) is anyone’s guess.

Until then, just read this fun Google Translated article about Mudiay that calls him a “professional manufacturer.”

  • Alec Baldwin

    Let’s consider this – who is more likely to enhance Mudiay’s NBA draft position — Larry Brown, one of the greatest coaches in basketball history, and specializes in coaching point guards, or Young Fung Chow, a Communist Party apparatchik and part-time basketball coach? Clearly, Mudiay made his decision based on the possibility, if not the extreme likelihood, that he would be ruled ineligible at some point during the first semester.

  • Dubious Brother

    Mudiay has the opportunity to learn something in China that he has not learned at Prime Prep and probably would not have learned at SMU – the difference between rat meat and lamb. I don’t think you can put a price on that.

  • Bushwood Smithie

    You’ve never eaten in the SMU cafeteria, have you?

  • Mavdog

    The opportunity to earn $1.2Million as an under 20 year old playing a game he loves says all we need to know. While he would learn a great deal about the sport and becoming a better BBall player by having a year under Brown, the experience he will go thru in China will also (hopefully) add to his maturity.
    This is a story of the NBA rule against HS grads going direct to the Association more than anything. An unintended consequence of providing players to foreign leagues, making them farm clubs. The rule needs to change.

  • Dubious Brother

    Actually I have but the last time I did, Gene Phillips was playing guard for SMU and I never saw him eating in the cafeteria.