[UPDATE: On July 15, 2014, Dallas/Fort Worth Fox affiliate KDFW reported that the Texas Education Agency has revoked Prime Prep's charter, and that the school plans to appeal the ruling. The appeal must be filed by July 31.]
One of the top players in the Class of 2014, Emmanuel Mudiay, announced on Monday that he will not be playing at Southern Methodist this year but will instead play a season abroad before declaring for the 2015 NBA Draft.
He told Sports Illustrated that the decision had to do with being able to support his family, but ESPN is reporting that a source close to the situation as saying that the NCAA was checking into his eligibility.
One of the next high-level prospects at Prime Prep, 2016 SF Terrance Ferguson, isn’t letting the latest setback for the school Deion Sanders founded cause him to think about moving.
“I started here and I will finish here,” he said via text.
Ferguson is a super-athletic 6-6 shooting guard with the ability to play well above the rim, but he’s got a great skill set as well. Though he needs to add some muscle to his frame, his scoring ability, athleticism and size for his position have high-major offers pouring in before he’s even started his junior year of high school–Louisville, Wake Forest, Texas Tech, Kansas, Baylor, Oklahoma and many more have already extended scholarships.
SMU is one of many high-major schools recruiting Ferguson, and he admitted that the departure of Mudiay does hurt the school “a little bit.”
“Mudiay had a big part in my interest for SMU,” he said, “but coach Larry [Brown] is still a great coach.”
This isn’t the first time that Prime Prep’s players have had eligibility questions, and the school was only founded back in 2012. Last summer, it was Prime Prep graduates Jordan Mickey (LSU) and Karviar Shepherd (TCU) who were briefly ruled ineligible in July before being reinstated just two weeks later.
Even before that, Mudiay, Shepherd and one other player were suspended by the District 11 (Texas) executive committee back in 2012 for suspicions that the school had recruited the basketball players. None of that worries Ferguson.
“I just try to look past those things,” he said. “We’re just young kids trying make something out of ourselves, but as we see they want us to fail.
“It’s not really pressure, I just need to step up to all challenges coming my way and face them.”