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Thursday / March 23.
  • Mudiay Goes for 18 in Chinese Debut; Marbury Drops 32 in Win

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    Emmanuel Mudiay went for 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 turnovers in 30 minutes off the bench in his pro debut Saturday morning playing for the Guangdong Southern Tigers in China. Stephon Marbury scored 32 points in a 103-89 win for the Beijing Ducks, the league’s defending champion.

    “It looked like Emmanuel had some first-night jitters but eventually he settled in and was able to show flashes of how much potential he truly has,” said Vin Parise, who did the game on the One World Sports channel with Mike Crispino.

    The 6-foot-5 Mudiay signed a $1.2 million deal in China instead of attending SMU, and now SMU coach Larry Brown said he’s concerned it will set a trend for other American college players.

    Mudiay is projected as the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com, setting up the opportunity for teams like the Philadelphia 76ers to “Cede the Day for Mudiay” by tanking.



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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, 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.