Emmanuel Mudiay To Guangdong: Playing Abroad Could Soon Become A Trend
Emmanuel Mudiay Sings To Play For The Guangdong Southern Tigers
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Emmanuel Mudiay, one of college basketball’s top prospects who was expected to play for the SMU Mustangs, has decided to skip school and take his talents to China to play for the Guangdong Southern Tigers. Mudiay signed a one-year deal with the team that is worth $1.2 million.
The idea of skipping college for basketball overseas is still foreign to the sports world, as Jeremy Tyler and Brandon Jennings are the only two other players who have tried this loophole in the NBA's flawed system. Instead of going to college for one year and watching everybody else get paid, you go to another country for a year and fatten your own pockets.
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While there are some reports that Mudiay really had no choice to leave due to poor academics, it doesn’t really matter in this issue. This is a trend that I see staying around for a while. It just makes too much sense for other kids not to hop on board and play basketball abroad.
First off, the one-and-done rule is completely stupid and should have been changed a while ago. If a player is good enough to play in the NBA once done with high school, he should be allowed to do so. Heck, he’s allowed to go to war and shoot guns, he should be allowed to pursue his dream of a professional basketball player. But that’s for a different conversation.
These players don’t stay in college for more than a year, which makes the whole point of college completely pointless if these kids don’t get a degree. Under NCAA rules, these players also aren’t making any money and reports are that some even go to bed starving. There’s also no backup plan if a player gets injured and can’t play the game anymore, which is insane because he was forced to go to college to begin with.
Now, the overseas plan is you play basketball in a foreign country, get paid more money than you’ve ever seen in your life, while growing as a basketball player and an adult. After taxes, Mudiay is going to be sitting on anywhere from $500,000 to $600,000, which is a ton more than he would have seen in one year of college. Mudiay is also going to be playing against better competition in China. Sure, while the athletes may not be as great as they are in the states, Mudiay will now be playing against grown men and some guys who have been playing basketball longer than he’s been alive. That should get him ahead of the curve and ready for the NBA next year.
As for the whole college thing, they say it’s designed to get you prepared for life. Well, life skills don’t exactly come from a book, they come from experience. I can’t think of a better way to grow up and learn about myself than to go to a different country where the culture, food and language are all different. Mudiay is definitely going to come back a different person one way or another. Scary? Sure. But the pros outweigh the cons by a mile.
Mudiay is making headlines now, but unless the NBA changes its comical rule, it wouldn’t surprise me if this soon becomes the norm.