Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Emmanuel Mudiay’s Season in China is Over; Next Stop, NBA Draft
Emmanuel Mudiay’s season in China is over and his next stop is likely the NBA Draft.
The 6-foot-5 point guard is free to return to the U.S. and train after playing his last game in China on Tuesday.
Mudiay went for 15 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 6 turnovers in 44 minutes of Guangdong’s Game 4 loss in the semifinals of the CBA playoffs, according to Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com.
Mudiay could now pull a Dante Exum and return to the U.S. to train and do selected NBA workouts. DraftExpress.com projects him as the No. 4 pick in the Draft behind Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns and Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell.
A year ago, the 6-6 Exum trained in Los Angeles after arriving in the U.S. from his native Australia. He ended up as the No. 5 pick in the Draft.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.