Emmanuel Mudiay scores 18 points in regular season debut (VIDEO)

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Much was made abut point guard Emmanuel Mudiay’s decision to forego a season at SMU in order to play professionally, with many opining that the decision could impact the thought process of other elite high school players in the coming years. Mudiay received a contract reported to pay him in upwards of $1.2 million for the season, not to mention his endorsement deal with Under Armour, and those aspects are undoubtedly enticing for those who are entertaining thoughts of playing professionally instead of in college.

That’s what makes Mudiay’s trek to China something to track, and Saturday he and the Guangdong Southern Tigers played their first regular season game against the defending champion Beijing Ducks.

Among the players Mudiay faced was Stephon Marbury, whose career has taken off since he made the move to China a couple years ago. Marbury and the Ducks proved to be too much for Guangdong, outscoring them 31-16 in the second quarter and winning by the final score of 103-89 (Mudiay is No. 0 on the bottom portion of the linked box score). As for Mudiay individually, he scored 18 points but did so on 5-for-16 shooting from the field to go along with five rebounds and two assists.

Mudiay didn’t get the start but he played just over 30 minutes Satuday. Above are highlights from Mudiay’s regular season debut, and his team’s next game is scheduled for Wednesday.