Emmanuel Mudiay, considered the top point guard prospect in the nation, has decided to play as a pro overseas next year instead of going to Southern Methodist University, where he committed to start his freshman season last this year.

statement was released by Mudiay’s older brother Stephane: “After sitting down with coach Larry Brown and my family, we decided that the best way for me to provide for my mom was to forgo college and pursue professional basketball opportunities. I was excited about going to SMU and playing college basketball for coach Brown and his staff and preparing for the NBA, but I was tired of seeing my mom struggle. I am grateful for coach Brown’s guidance and support and I am also appreciative of all the support from Prime Prep.”

Per the statement, Mudiay’s change of heart has nothing to do with academic eligibility but is a financial decision to help his family out now before he attempts to make the NBA. The NCAA, of course, does not pay its players.

The statement goes on to say, “This is not an academic issue, since he has been admitted to SMU, but rather a hardship issue. 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. While I believe that college is the best way to prepare for life and the NBA, Emmanuel’s situation is unique. We were excited about having him at SMU, but we understand this decision and wish him the best.”

It’s believed the Chinese Basketball Association has made a substantial offer for Mudiay to join their league.

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