Emmanuel Mudiay is the newly minted No.1 point guard in the nation for the 2014 class. He is also John Calipari’s No.1 point guard recruiting target. Mudiay and Calipari have been synonymous with each other for as long as I can remember. Mudiay has always reportedly been a Kentucky lean, despite having SMU and Baylor in his backyard. The word started to spread on Friday night that Mudiay might actually pick SMU over Kentucky.
Mudiay is set to make his decision Saturday night at the Under Armour Elite 24 game. He tweeted last week about “shocking the world”, and not picking Kentucky would certainly do that. Now that his ultimate destination is all of a sudden in question, there will be a lot more eyeballs watching his decision. Putting some doubt in everyone’s mind will bring more viewers than just Kentucky fans. The fan bases of Baylor and SMU will be watching now that Mudiay is not considered a Kentucky lock.
Fox Sports Recruiting Analyst Evan Daniels says on Twitter that Kentucky’s offer to Tyler Ulis could have been a sign that John Calipari was not confident about getting Mudiay. Kentucky has long been the only destination Mudiay set an official visit for. If Mudiay is going to announce his decision before coming to Big Blue Madness, what does that mean for SMU? He’s already been there at least five times, and the Mustangs are lead by legendary coach Larry Brown.
For the next 24 hours, Kentucky fans will need to keep a close eye on Josh Perkins. Yes, that Josh Perkins that just eliminated Kentucky from consideration just a couple of days ago. If John Calipari really feels he will lose Mudiay to SMU, he may offer Perkins. Kentucky was mainly eliminated for not giving Perkins an offer. Perkins has UCLA, Gonzaga, and Minnesota as his finalists.
With John Calipari’s success with point guards and recruiting in Texas, it’s almost unheard of for him to lose a recruiting battle. No, it will not be the end of the world if Mudiay decides to pick SMU or even Baylor. The simple fact that there is sudden doubt leads me to believe something is fishy. The decision date is announced 24 hours before the actual decision, and the supposed leader is now losing the battle. All I can say is tune in and see what happens.