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  • Larry Brown Says Mudiay Will Be 2015 Lottery Pick

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    MudiayROSELLE, N.J. — SMU coach Larry Brown says incoming point guard Emmanuel Mudiay is “the best player in the country” and will be a lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

    “It ain’t even close,” Brown told Friday at the Coaches’ Clinic at Roselle Catholic High School. “He’s 6-5, he can just play. He makes people better, he can defend, he can rebound.

    “He’s going to be a lottery pick if I don’t screw up.”

    Mudiay is projected as the No. 5 pick in the 2015 Draft by

    Mudiay went for 15 points and 6 assists as the West beat the East in the McDonald’s All-American Game April 2.

    “He was the best player,” Brown said. “And I love [Jahlil] Okafor, [Stanley] Johnson and Justin Jackson. There are a lot of great players, but in my mind he’s the best player. And that’s not taking anything away from any of those other kids.”

    Mudiay will represent the Congo on the International team in the Nike Hoop Summit on Saturday.

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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 whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. 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.