Emmanuel Mudiay

6-5, 200 Point Guard
Congo International
03/05/96 (26.7 yrs)
Arlington, TX
High School
Prime Prep
International Team
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: John Wall

Strengths: Rare combination of size, speed, agility and athleticism to go with the vision and mentality of a point guard … Has great intangibles with natural leadership and communication skills … Also an extremely competitive kid who rises in big situations and has a killer instinct … Very quick first step and adept ball skills that really help him when attacking the basket … Showed in China he was adept at absorbing contact and still finishing the play … Has added strength and was not overwhelmed by the pro game physically … Really difficult cover in transition, great at pushing the ball on the break with explosive ability to finish while also being an adept passer on the run … While he possesses great quickness at 6’5, he’s also quite good at using change of speed and direction … Good passer, has run the point throughout his life and is a creative passer who is good at finding his teammates in scoring position … Very good at creating for himself, getting to spots where he can get good looks at the basket … Understands the pick-and-roll quite well, should thrive as he learns to run it against NBA competition … Really good with the in-out dribble, particularly with his strong right hand … Has shown real ability to finish at the basket with either hand … With his size and strength, can post-up, and punish smaller guards … Great feel for the game … Shooting mechanics and balance seem to be improving since his time in the pros … Length and lateral quickness could make him a strong defender in time, definitely seems willing to put in work as a defender … Very strong rebounder for a guard, good nose for the ball and covers a lot of ground … While he does at times force the issue, China showed that he is leaning more on his strengths and has a greater knowledge of what he does best … Averaged 31.5 mpg and seems to be a candidate to get well accustomed to NBA level conditioning … At only 19-years of age, already has a great knowledge of the game, seems to be quite willing to learn and has ability to fill out his solid physique even more so … Showed a level of perseverance by staying in China to recuperate from his ankle injury to play in Guangdong’s last two games, when some just believed he would head home and prepare for the draft … Competitor, consistently gives a strong effort and shows a great deal of confidence in his ability …

Weaknesses: Has struggled with his midrange and outside shooting, often off balance or struggles with timing to release the ball at the highest point of his jump … In a small sample size (13-38 3PT, 27-47 FT), only shot 34.2% from 3-point range and 57.4% from the FT stripe and will need to work on improving those numbers to keep defenses honest … Will settle for bad shots, plus will sometimes be unnecessarily off balanced on good looks … Must improve his confidence and consistency as a shooter … Still has a tendency to depend on the dribble too much, be careless with the ball and go for the highlight rather than settling for a more calculated decision … Had 5.9 apg: 3.25 topg, and while a 1.82 assist-to-turnover ratio is not terrible for a player his age, he definitely needs to cut down his turnovers to be an effective NBA PG … Sometimes has lapses when he is off the ball on defense, plus needs to be more consistent in getting low in his stance … Some of his worst games were against the more established Pro/NBA players, so will still likely need some work before being completely ready to help a team win consistently … Can be even more effective if he worked on his skills off of the ball, where he could be a strong cutter in time … His decision to play overseas in China makes him much more of a mystery to NBA teams, and also decreased his development over the past year … Suffered a severe ankle sprain while in China, seems to have recuperated fully, will just need to monitor this and look at future injury prevention … Seeing that he is the first high level US player to go directly to the Chinese Basketball Association, it is really difficult to tell what his numbers mean in relation to the top NCAA and even European prospects who have more of a sample size, could possibly affect where he goes in the draft … For a player who attacks and gets to the basket as often as he did, did not get to the line at a great rate, which will be something that will be crucial to his success in the NBA …

Notes: Was born in Kinshasa, Zaire (now known as Democratic Republic of Congo), though settled in Arlington, Texas … Measured 6’4.5 (in shoes) 187 lbs, with a 6’7 wingspan at the 2011 LeBron James Skills Academy … Measured 6’5 (in shoes) 188 lbs, with a 6’7.5 wingspan at the 2013 Nike Guard Skills Academy … Measured 6’5 (in shoes) 200 lbs, with a 6’8.5 wingspan and 8’4.5 standing reach at the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit … Played his first two seasons at Arlington’s Grace Prep, than his last two at Prime Prep in Dallas … Won consecutive TAPPS titles playing with former Baylor player Isaiah Austin during his freshman and sophomore year at Grace Prep … Team at Prime Prep went 67-7 and during his junior and senior seasons … Participated in the 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit … Scored 20 points to lead the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit in scoring, along with 2 rebounds and 3 assists … Was originally committed to Southern Methodist University, where he would have played for coach Larry Brown … Decided to forego college, signing with the Guangdong Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association for a reported 1.2 million dollars … Played 12 games during his time with Guangdong, averaging 18 ppg on 47.8% FG/34.2% 3PT/57.4% FT, 6.3 rpg (2 orpg), 5.9 apg (3.25 topg) and 1.6 spg in 31.5 mpg, his team going 9-3 in those games … Suffered a severely sprained right ankle, which kept him out of game action for just over 3 months, before playing in Guangdong’s final two games of the season in the play-offs … Jump shot does not appear to be broken, will just need further repetitions, confidence and is best when he is on balance … Has explosive ability to be a threat off the drive, yet also has very strong court vision and is an unselfish player … Seems to have taken to being a professional quite seriously and even if the strength of play in China is questioned by some, few can argue that he was not tested physically and seemed to rise to that challenge well … With his size and speed, already a tough match-up and could become a special point guard with his top notch athleticism and ability to see the court … Considered to be a “mysterious” potential draftee due to how unique his situation was as far as going from High School to China, though was considered a top high school prospect who likely would have dominated immediately had he stepped onto a college campus … There is a risk in the unknown, but Mudiay certainly was a player tracked by NBA scouts for years and followed closely in China … If he can become a more consistent shooter, he could become one of the NBA’s top point guards, with enough versatility to affect games even if his shot does not ever become high level … Had he not gotten injured and provided a more full sample size during his time in China, might have still been in contention for the top pick, certainly one of the higher upside talents in the 2015 NBA Draft …

Michael Visenberg 6/16/15

Strengths: Emmanuel is a true point guard with dynamic speed and athleticism and great size… Very unselfish player who loves to get his teammates involved … Outstanding ball handler who is equally comfortable attacking right and left … Excels in the open court where his speed hits another gear…  Sees the entire floor…Very quick first step and a lethal crossover … Makes great decisions off the pick and roll … Finishes strong at the rim … Has the size and strength to post up smaller guards … Good rebounder for a guard …

Weaknesses: Very streaky shooter … Needs to develop a consistent midrange shot …Takes too long to get shot off … Must become a better free throw shooter … Sometimes too flashy and tries hard to make the big play which leads to turnovers … Occasionally over dribbles … Should become more of a vocal leader … Needs to stay in a stance on defense and close out low with hands high …

Overall: Emmanuel Mudiay is arguably the top point guard in the class of 2014 and will almost certainly be a one and done player.  Under the tutelage of Larry Brown at SMU his decision making will undoubtedly improve and he will learn how to run a team in the half court. With his size and quickness Mudiay has the potential to be a top 10 pick and with an improved jump shot could become a future NBA All Star …

Notes: Born in the Republic of Congo

Wes Hinton 1/6/14

Strengths:  A true point guard, knows how to run a team, great size and will probably grow more, father is 6’10" and has an older brother who is 6’7" … Silky smooth, shoots the ball well out to college three, great passer and playmaker, high IQ, very athletic, can get in the lane at will, mature body that will fill out … Long arms, quick feet, shows a desire to defend, wreaks havoc in the passing lanes, excels most in the open floor where he can use his creativity for himself or teammates … Often has the advantage in the open floor when numbers are not in his favor, has the ability to make people better, makes the right play, has great flair in is game, great kid, comes from a grounded family, very competitive, great upside because of versatility, very good handle, natural talent and feel are off the charts

Doesn’t shoot as well off the dribble as he does spotting up, handle is very good but needs to tighten up some, effort inconsistent, plays down to level of competition, at times tried to do too much, defers to upperclassmen sometimes,  has a mean streak but has to be challenged for it to come out, coasts at times and takes plays off, jumpshot needs to be more consistent, needs to be more assertive and more vocal

Mudiay is a special talent that simply doesn’t come along very often possibly the best 2014 prospect. He’s a full year younger than Canadian phenom Andrew Wiggins. Has been compared to Tyreke Evans, but is more talented. Great upside. Playmaker who can score and make others better. The sky is the limit if  he is willing to work. Has the natural talent and feel for the game that can make him the # 1 player in the country by the time he’s a senior. With continued development looking at a top 5 pick and franchise player at the highest level.

Ian Powers 6/1/11

*Photo: BallisLife.com

Notes: Measured 6’4.5 (in shoes) 187 lbs, with a 6’7 wingspan at the 2011 LeBron James Skills Academy … Measured 6’5 (in shoes) 188 lbs, with a 6’7.5 wingspan at the 2013 Nike Guard Skills Academy

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