With the college eligibility issue seemingly cleared up at Prime Prep Academy, it appears that Emmanuel Mudiay, a top five recruit from 2014, will be returning to the school for his senior season.
A few weeks ago, it looked grim for Prime as there was news that two of its players, Jordan Mickey and Karviar Sheperd, had been deemed ineligible. The issue seemed to stem from crediting problems even though Prime Prep had received its NCAA certification earlier that year. Fortunately for both the school and the players, earlier this week, both players were cleared to play division one basketball.
This is great news for Prime as Mudiay is one of the best players in the nation and will make their team one of the best high school teams around. This weekend, Mudiay appeared to go down with an injury at an AAU tournament but was able to recollect himself and keep going.
Playing for his team, MWA, Mudiay did not have his greatest performance but he still displayed some top flight skills. His ability to find open players both in transition and in half court was on full display as Mudiay was dropping dimes all over the court. Combined with his good height at 6″3, Mudiay has the good fortune of being to look over his defenders and find his teammates on cuts and off screens. As a passing point guard, he is one of the best in the nation. Given another full year of development, he should be a scary player going into his NCAA career.
An area where he could stand to improve is in his high rate of turnovers. While point guards will naturally turn the ball over more than any other position, Mudiay sometimes makes risky passes that don’t have a very good chance of making it to its destination. It will be a good lesson for Mudiay to learn that sometimes the easy pass goes better than the home run attempt.
It is not known where Mudiay will end up committing but wherever he does, he will have an instant impact.