ADDISON, TX — Some of the best ballers in the DFW took to the court Saturday for the Hoop City Pro-Am!
Yeah top talent from the pro’s, overseas and college set out to prove who was king of the court, but no player stood out quite as much as Emmanuel Mudiay.
“I’ve been traveling for like the last two weeks, actually more than that, it’s been like two months,” said Mudiay, “The fact that I’m back home in my city feels real, real good and it’s a good thing to come out here and play basketball in front of all these people and for the cause of it.”
Yeah, all the games this week benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
Mudiay did his high school playing time at the now defunct Prime Prep, and was set to play for SMU last year before he changed his mind and went pro early, taking his talents to the Chinese Basketball Association.
The switch didn’t hurt his NBA stock, though. He went #7 overall to the Denver Nuggets in last month’s Draft.
“It’s a dream come true even though I chose another route” said the point guard. “I’m still where I wanted to be and that’s the NBA so I’ve just got to thank God for that opportunity, but it’s here, it’s happening so now I’ve got to keep putting in the work.
Yeah, the 19 year old phenom just has to prove he has what it takes to take over the big league, but he’s not letting nerves get to him.
“It’s basketball. I’ve been doing this for my whole life, so I’ve just got to approach it just how I’ve been approaching it since I’ve been little.
He added, “I don’t even know when the first game is, I’m just going to try to get better everyday.”