Mudiay has $1.2 million deal in China

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 22 2014 12:19:02 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 22 2014 07:00:47 PM EDT

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Southern Methodist University signee Emmanuel Mudiay reached a deal to play for Guangdong Southern Tigers in the China Basketball Association.

According to multiple reports, Mudiay agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract, the richest deal ever for a high school player in that league.

Yahoo Sports first reported that the 6-foot-5 guard projected as a 2015 lottery pick, a Congo native, was considering the China Basketball Association. Former Texas guard Royal Ivey and Milwaukee Bucks lottery pick Yi Jianlian played for the Southern Tigers in 2013-14.

Questions arose about eligibility as an amateur and academically after Mudiay spent two seasons at Prime Prep Academy.

Mudiay and SMU coach Larry Brown engaged in conversation with university officials about his eligibility status as a freshman, Yahoo Sports reported. Mudiay is from Dallas and attended Prime Prep Academy in the city.

Brown said Mudiay was accepted to SMU and enrolled in summer classes only "to be safe."

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