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Five-star point guard cuts his list

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As the No. 2 overall player in the class of 2014, there is no shortage of suitors for Emmanuel Mudiay.
The 6-foot-4, five-star point guard at Dallas (Texas) Prime Prep is also at the center of plenty of rumors regarding who is recruiting him, who isn't recruiting him and where he stands.
As of now, Mudiay is considering a group of 10 schools that includes Arizona, Baylor, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, N.C. State, Oklahoma State SMU, St. John's and Texas.
"As a family we were kind of ready to cut it down to 10 and he was ready, too," Mudiay's older brother Stephane told Rivals.com. "He cut it down to those 10 and we were really supportive of that. He was just ready to cut it down."
According to Mudiay's brother, everybody is on equal footing at this time and rumors of a leader are just that, rumors.
"Everybody is in fairly good," Stephane Mudiay said. "Everybody is building relationships and nobody is really outdoing anybody else or anything like that. It's pretty balanced right now."
Identified as a star before he'd even begun high school, Mudiay has lived up to his advanced billing and more. Not only does he have great size and athleticism for the point guard position, he has a great feel and is a low-key kid who has already prioritized what is important to him and made sure his family is there to help him along the way.
"He's handled it and really surprised me with how he's handled it so great," said Mudiay. "He couldn't have done it any better. I've told him myself to worry about getting better every day and just be the best he can be. I told him I'd handle the recruiting and give him advice and that's what he wants from me.
"I take care of all of the madness and he just goes out there and plays."
While Mudiay leaves much of the day-to-day business of his recruiting to his older brother, he's still very active. He talks about the schools with his family, watches them on television and does the research he can.
Mudiay took an unofficial visit to Arizona while out there for a tournament last week, but outside of that there aren't any visits planned as they look into each program.
"We haven't discussed that right now," Stephane Mudiay said of setting visits. "We are going to see how building the relationships goes and get deep into it. We are doing research as well. We aren't just waiting to hear from people. We are looking into as well. As much as they look into us, we are looking into them."
After starring last summer with Texas Select, the plan is to hit the road with them again. Since Mudiay won't turn 17 until March there is no rush to make another cut to this list. For now it is all about taking time.
"It is jut about finding the best school for him," Mudiay said of his younger brother. "It's not about who is going where or anything like that. My mom is big on academics so that's the No. 1 thing for her and him. As far as basketball, he's looking for a school that will push him and not let him be satisfied.
"That's the big thing. A staff that is going to push him to be the best he can be and a good team as well."
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