About 5-6 years ago, the big thing in basketball was the chance to play overseas. Josh Childress was becoming the big advocate for it as one of the first players to jump from the NBA to play internationally. Brandon Jennings made headlines as well by not even going to college and playing in Italy, before being drafted in 2009 by the Milwaukee Bucks. Childress went there because there was more money for him to be made there than in the USA and because of the 19 and above rule in the NBA, Jennings chose to make money immediately instead of waiting a year.
There seems to be someone replicating the Detroit Piston’s guard with this move.
Latest link on gifted guard Emmanuel Mudiay, a likely 2015 NBA Draft lottery pick, skipping SMU to turn pro. http://t.co/JUlvDKEtcB
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 14, 2014
This came as a surprise initially, but with Mudiay allegedly having eligibility issues already, it makes sense. If there is a threat of being suspended for the entire season like numerous other college players before, why sit on the bench when you could be honing your craft and making money while doing it somewhere else? It was widely expected that he would jump to the NBA after this collegiate season, anyway, since he is a projected lottery pick.
The college product will be weakened even further. I advocate education, but quite frankly, it is a surprise that more players do not do this in order to make money faster. Increasing by the year, these kids do one year in college and then leave for the pros because of the hunger for money now. Going into the specifics of what the NBA Draft Rule should be is for another article, but it could help soften the blow of losing talent in a situation like this and others.