You can already see the potential. The trouble with Emmanuel Mudiay is that you can also see where the potential is being misused. SMU Mustangs head coach Larry Brown should help immensely with that gap though, and it should as a result be quite fun to watch where they land in the top 25 by the end of the year.
I have thought for some time that the Mustangs have the potential to get to the Final Four next season, but obviously Mudiay’s health is a key factor in determining that. ESPN analyst Jeff Goodman believes that Mudiay will be a better pro than Tyus Jones. The analyst also believes Jones will be a better college point guard than Mudiay, and I happen to agree with Goodman on both counts.
In a curious twist, Mudiay was on the world squad at the Nike Hoop Summit and he fared quite well in the game despite a couple instances of questionable decision making with the ball. Jones is clearly Mudiay’s superior in that respect at the moment, but the former Prime Prep (TX) point guard will only get better with time. Jones will get better too, but he just does not have as high of a ceiling as Mudiay athletically. That is what I have seen based on the videos of the past year, so that should give you a sense of what some pro basketball GMs might think of these two.
That is all for Prep Sports today, but I will depart with that fortune cookie goodness.
“When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity” -Albert Einstein