When it comes to the No. 2 point guard in the 2014 class, the majority rules. Nearly anyone and their mother believes Emmanuel Mudiay will attend Kentucky and play for coach John Calipari. The Wildcats have always appeared to be the favorite to land the point guard. According to 247sports recruiting guru Jerry Meyer, he says Mudiay is Kentucky’s to lose. Is he really a lock to Kentucky, or can Oklahoma State, Baylor, SMU or Kansas persuade him to put on their jersey?
Emmanuel Mudiay has been writing a diary for USA Today, and his latest entry clears up a few of the rumors surrounding him during his recruitment. The first portion of the entry mentions his high school Prime Prep Academy being involved in some academic issues with the NCAA. Mudiay writes in the diary that everything is in the clear with Prime Prep’s academics. They have had meetings and everything is good with his academics.
In the next portion, Mudiay mentions his upcoming visit to Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness. He says everyone should know that he’s really excited about coming to Lexington. He says the fans have been hitting up his Twitter account and have a countdown to the date of his official visit. He also mentions that UK targets Stanley Johnson and Devin Booker will be attending Big Blue Madness as well, and it will be cool to hang with those guys.
Mudiay has been apart of a rumor with 2014 center Myles Turner about the two becoming a packaged deal for a lucky school at the next level. He explains that both he and Turner want to go somewhere they can win right away and they are both from the same area. He calls Turner a great player, he just hasn’t been seen that much. People are now noticing how good he really is.
Finally, Mudiay shrugs off the idea that he is a Kentucky lock. Mudiay has never declared a front-runner in his recruitment and is going to give everyone a real look. I personally believe Mudiay is trying to keep his intentions on the down low so he can get the best recruiting shot from each school left on his list. He’s at least giving everyone a chance to change his mind. Can anyone put some doubt in his mind? Baylor and SMU would have the home-court advantage for the Dallas area prospect. Kansas and head coach Bill Self are always a force to be reckoned with on the recruiting trail. Will they sway Mudiay away from Kentucky and John Calipari? Good luck with that.
Brian Lewis is an SEC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. You can add him to your network on Google for more of his work.