Top hoops recruit Mudiay to pursue pro career overseas instead

Top high school hoops recruit Emmanuel Mudiay has decided to bypass college.

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SMU and coach Larry Brown will have to make do this season without one of the nation’s highest-ranked high school hoops players.

Yahoo! Sports/Fox Sports 1 NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski refers to Mudiay, of Congo, as the No. 1 preps guard in the country.

As Scout.com notes, Mudiay — who plays for Prime Prep Academy in Dallas — previously had signed a letter of intent with the Southern Methodist Mustangs in November, and his size, speed and athleticism made him a coveted recruit.   

"His ability to get to the rim, create space, finish and play with speed reminds me of John Wall," Scout.com quotes an NBA scout as saying.

Mudiay isn’t the first high school player to make such a move. As Scout notes, Brandon Jennings, the top player in the 2008 class, owns that distinction, and current Knicks player Jeremy Tyler did the same thing.

"This is not an academic issue, since (Mudiay) has been admitted to SMU, but rather a hardship issue," according to a statement from coach Brown.

Brown’s statement adds that Mudiay "really wants to alleviate some of the challenges his family faces and recognizes he has an opportunity to help them now."

But Wojnarowski’s report seems to indicate there were indeed some questions about Mudiay’s academic eligibility:

Wojnarowski notes that some have projected Mudiay as a potential lottery pick in next year’s NBA draft.