News that the No. 5 ranked player in the class of 2014 would no longer be playing under Larry Brown at SMU has been announced. The 6-foot-5 point guard from Dallas, whom Brown has described as the “most special point guard [he’s] ever seen at that age,” won’t be playing at any college, for that matter. Mudiay will instead head overseas where he will get paid and begin to provide for his family. His camp cited this as the main reason behind the decision.
While it is still widely believed he will be a top-10 pick in the 2015 NBA draft, the players who’ve gone down a similar road before him, most notably Brandon Jennings, were not perceived to have benefited from the experience.
This is a huge blow for SMU as Mudiay was not only their only top-5 recruit in the class of 2014, he was also their only top-100 recruit.
There is still no word on where Mudiay will play ball overseas, though whispers of China have made their way around the rumor mill.