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Emmanuel Mudiay of Dallas (TX) Prime Prep, one of the top two point guards in the Class of 2014, has trimmed his list to five schools, according to Paul Biancardi of ESPN.com.
Biancardi Tweeted from the Adidas Nations event in Los Angeles that Mudiay is down to Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma State, SMU and Baylor.
“I’m going to cut my list down at the end of the month,” Mudiay said last month at the Reebok Breakout Challenge. “I’ll cut it to five and that’s the five [visits] that I’m going to take.”
Kentucky has offered two point guards in the Class of 2014 — Mudiay and Tyus Jones, who may be headed to Duke.
As of now, Mudiay has only slated an official visit to Kentucky for Big Blue Madness Oct. 18.
“I know for sure I’m going to the Blue Madness thing out there in Kentucky,” Mudiay said last month.
Calipari’s track record with point guards — Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, John Wall, Marquis Teague — speaks for itself.
“He’s coached so many great point guards so it’s crazy so if I was to go there it would be nothing new to him,” Mudiay said of Calipari. “He’s already used to the system. He’s great with putting guys in the league. That’s my dream, hopefully I can do that one day.”
SMU remains an attractive option for the Dallas native.
“It’s only 20 minutes away from my house,” he said with a smile. “And they got a legend right there in the office with Larry Brown. And the thing about Larry Brown that I love is, he doesn’t just talk to me about basketball. He talks to me about family and life. And that’s a big thing to me. And he’s religious, and I’m religious.”
He added of SMU: “That’s like in the back yard, that’s at home, so I got family and friends over there. They show me a lot of love and support, that would definitely be great.”
Baylor is in a similar boat, also close to home.
“Great person, they a Christian school so that’s a big thing for me and they’re not too far from the house, either,” he said. “They’re only an hour away.”
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.