Just last week, consensus “cotdamn this boy is goooood” basketball star Emmanuel Mudiay was heading to SMU, to play for Larry Brown. Then he decided to spend that year—he was always going to be a one-and-done player—playing overseas. Whether that has anything to do with his eligibility (he went to Deion Sanders’ floundering Prime Prep) is up for debate.
What isn’t up for debate is that he’s making bank next year. According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Mudiay will earn $1.2 million next season playing for Guangdong of the China Basketball Association. The deal recalls Brandon Jennings three-year, $1.65 million deal with Lottomatica Virtus Roma in 2008, plus his $2 million deal with Under Armour. Whether Mudiay’s career will reflect Jennings’ (that would be OK, but not great) or Aquille Carr’s (that would be an abject failure) is anyone’s guess.
Until then, just read this fun Google Translated article about Mudiay that calls him a “professional manufacturer.”