The NBA age limit is an issue that will certainly be up for debate between the players’ union and owners when the league’s current CBA expires later this decade. For now though, some young players aren’t letting it stop them from earning a sizable payday before they even have a chance to play in the NBA.
Emmanuel Mudiay, a 6-foot-5 guard from Prime Prep (Texas), is the latest example of this trend. The 18-year-old had committed to play for Larry Brown at SMU, but amid eligibility concerns, elected to forego college and sign a $1.2 million dollar contract to play pro basketball in China next season.
Another benefit of going pro early for Mudiay? Endorsement deals. On Tuesday, Under Armour announced that they have signed the young prospect to a contract.
— Under Armour Hoops (@UAbasketball) September 16, 2014
Celtics fans should keep an eye on Mudiay throughout this season overseas, as he’s expected to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft. Draft Express has the swingman rated as their no. 2 prospect in next year’s draft class. Highlights of Mudiay’s game help explain why Under Armour wanted to get this kid signed to a deal before he even reached the big leagues.