After big men took the top two spots on our board, point guards have now gone back-to-back. The number four spot on Brew Hoop's 2015 draft board goes to Emmanuel Mudiay, the 19 year old point guard born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mudiay had plans to play for coach Larry Brown at Southern Methodist University, but eligibility concerns prompted him to skip the college game entirely and instead pursue a professional career overseas. Mudiay spent last season in China playing for Guangdong of the Chinese Basketball Association.
"Playing" in this case doesn't entail a ton of actual game time, because Mudiay suffered an ankle injury 11 games into the regular season and missed the rest. He got back on the court during the CBA Playoff semifinals, but played in only two games before Guangdong was eliminated.
It's hard to rely much on Mudiay's numbers from the CBA, meaning he more than any other prospect is being held at the mercy of scouts and anecdotal appraisal. A brilliant athlete, Mudiay profiles more as an aggressive, brute-force guard a la Russell Westbrook than a true floor general. He's not a good shooter at the moment, and he's arguably less skilled than many of the other top guards in this draft. But his physical profile is outstanding, he's very young, and he possesses the sort of defensive versatility that more and more NBA teams covet in their backcourt pairings.
Brew Hoop Draft Board 2015
1. Karl-Anthony Towns - PF/C, Kentucky, Freshman - DraftExpress Profile
2. Jahlil Okafor - C, Duke, Freshman - DraftExpress Profile
3. D'Angelo Russell - G, Ohio State, Freshman - DraftExpress Profile
4. Emmanuel Mudiay - PG, International - DraftExpress Profile