Dallas, TX, United States (4E Sports) – SMU Mustangs’ Emmanuel Mudiay will not be playing college basketball and instead will be pursuing a professional career overseas.
Mudiay is excited to play for Coach Larry Brown and SMU but is tired of seeing his mother struggle.
In a statement to Sports Illustrated, the 6-foot-5 point-guard said he had a meeting with Brown and the legendary coach helped Mudiay determine what would be the best option for him and his family.
“We decided that the best way for me to provide for my mom was to forgo college and pursue professional basketball opportunities,” Mudiay added.
Mudiay denied that eligibility issues played a factor in him leaving SMU to play pro-ball abroad.
Brown also stated that there are no academic issues, since he was admitted to SMU.
The only issues are the hardships that Mudiay’s family is going through, according to the Mustangs head coach.
“After talking to Emmanuel, I know he really wants to alleviate some of the challenges his family faces and recognizes that he has an opportunity to help them now,” Brown stated.
The Prime Prep standout thanked his former coach, Ray Forsett, for developing him as a player and a person.
He also thanked Brown for the guidance and support given by the coach.
According to Yahoo Sports, Mudiay is considering playing in the Chinese Basketball Association.
Mudiay will be the most notable player after Brandon Jennigs who did the same, played overseas instead of playing in the collegiate ranks before getting drafted in the NBA.