By Jeff Borzello
AKRON, OHIO – Emmanuel Mudiay is one of the top players in the class of 2014 – and in a refreshing twist, he’s the proper age for his grade.
“I’m probably the youngest player here,” Mudiay said at the LeBron James Skills Academy last week. “I just turned 15.”
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The 6-foot-4 Grace Prep (Tex.) product is a tremendously gifted player for his age. He handles the point guard position well, and is very difficult to keep out of the lane due to his athleticism, length and size.
While he is certainly ranked near the top of his own class, Mudiay is aiming for something higher.
“I’m just trying to play my game, I want to send a message,” he said. “I want to show I can play with the best of the best.”
Although it’s early in his recruitment, Mudiay is already hearing from plenty of schools. Most of the Big 12 is on him, including Texas, Baylor and Kansas, while Arizona has also made an impression.
One school is standing out, but it’s too early to tell if they will be the favorite until the end.
“Texas is my dream school,” Mudiay said. “But I’m not going to think about it right now.”