22 Nov The Son of Africa, Emmanuel Mudiay
Emmanuel Kabeya Mudiay born 5 March 1996, is a Congolese professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA)
He committed to play for the SMU Mustangs Men’s Basketball team on 24th August 2013, but instead joined the Guangdong Southern Tigers in China. He was then selected with the overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets. Mudiay was then acquired by the New York Knicks on 8th February 2018 and followed up on the 20th July 2019 by signing with the Utah Jazz. He averaged a career-best 14.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting over 59 games (42 starts) last season.
Mudiay combines his athleticism with a 6ft4 stature. He plays point guard position and gameplay is noted to effectively own his space without being moved off the line enroute to the basket, this dynamically ensures the opposing point guard does not prevent his direct line drive to the rim.
Mudiay’s accolade calling card reads as a professional athlete to keep a close eye on. In 2014 Mudiay was ranked as the top recruit in his class. He was part of the prestigious McDonald’s All-American Game where he scored 15 points and dished out 6 assists in 21 minutes of play. Top draft picks such as Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, D’Angelo Russell and Justise Winslow also played in the game.
His athletic prowess garnered the attention of performance brand Under Armour. In 2014 they announced a brand partnership with Emmanuel, including footwear, training gear and more. Mudiay joined Under Armour’s stable of NBA stars that includes Kemba Walker, Steph Curry and Brandon Jennings. Under Armour’s product offering bearing Emmanuel Mudiay’s name includes his own shoe: The Emmanuel Mudiay Under Armour Clutchfit Drive PE in two limited edition colourways. 2019 saw Emmanuel star in the fall campaign for Techni-Cole by Kenneth Cole showcasing footwear, apparel and accessories, bolstering Mudiay’s lifestyle bankability.
2020 should see Mudiay’s star continue to rise