Could Jaylen Brown follow Emmanuel Mudiay's footsteps overseas?

Drew Franklin09/24/14


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One-time UK target and SMU commit, Emmanuel Mudiay, is skipping his one year of college to play professional basketball overseas in China. The No. 1 point guard from the 2014 high school class has a one-year, one-million dollar deal with a Chinese basketball team and a multi-year deal with Under Armour that will last on into his NBA career when he moves back to America next summer. Mudiay is the first big time NBA prospect to take his talents overseas after high school since Brandon Jennings, a top five player in the 2008 class. Jennings is doing just fine today. When Mudiay first announced he was China-bound, most basketball fans, myself included, simply saw it as Mudiay dodging eligibility concerns in the States. But now the move has the attention of other elite high school basketball stars, which is concerning for fans of Kentucky, who expect to land said elite high school basketball stars every year. Jaylen Brown, one of UK's top two or three targets in the 2015 class, is one of the youngsters open to the idea of following Mudiay's footsteps overseas. Brown recently told's Evan Daniels, "It's starting a new culture." “A lot of guys are talking about if they could do that, they would,” Brown told Daniels. “There are a lot of things coming up that could be on the table for some guys. Everybody is interested and everybody is watching to see how he’s going to do and how it’s going to work out.” Ivan Rabb and Jayson Tatum, two other UK targets, agree with Brown. Rabb said he hasn't put too much thought into it, but he expects several others to start doing it. If that's the case, recruiting just got a little more difficult for schools that go after these five-star players. A guy like Brown, who Kentucky is all over and expects to get, could throw off Calipari's entire strategy by jumping overseas. It sounds like Brown is very open to the idea, too. When asked if he will consider signing with a professional team over attending college, Brown said, "Absolutely." Read more from Brown and other recruits on

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