Emmanuel Mudiay worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball operations department and coach Byron Scott on Saturday. Fresh off dining with the team late Friday night, Mudiay was put through the paces as the Lakers continue to evaluate prospects to decide who they will ultimately select with the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
"It went well," Mudiay told the assembled media after the workout. "I appreciate what the coaches did (and) what they had me going through. You always feel like you can do better, but it was good." The 6'5, 200 pound guard side-stepped the NCAA and played professionally in China last season before injuring his ankle, and Mudiay feels as though the experience better prepared him for the professionalism an NBA player must exhibit. "The physicality over there was ridiculous," Mudiay explained. "Transferring to the NBA with the shot clock — we had the 24 second shot clock over there. So it was NBA rules. With the traveling, all of that played a big factor into it."
Mudiay also told media that he admired Kobe Bryant's determination, and that it made him a fan of Bryant, but that Magic Johnson was his "favorite player of all-time."
Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News was on hand for Mudiay's workout, and posted a few videos of the guard's shooting. Here is Mudiay's jumper looking effective:
And here, less so:
Mudiay is just the first of up to 8 prospects the Lakers are said to be evaluating for the second overall pick. We will know a lot more about just how well Mudiay's workout went when the Lakers decide to draft or pass on him on June 25th.