DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Former SMU commit Emmanuel Mudiay will play with Guangdong of the China Basketball Association next season, according to Yahoo Sports.

The deal is reportedly worth $1.2 million — a record for a high-school player.

Mudiay decommitted from SMU last week, saying the decision was based on a “hardship issue.”

Other reports suggest the Prime Prep Academy graduate is struggling with eligibility and amateurism concerns.

Deion Sanders, a co-founder of Prime Prep, adamantly denied those reports on 105.3 The Fan.

“That’s a lie. Emmanuel Mudiay chose in his statement — that he was making the decision to help his mother — a single mother,” said Sanders.

The 6-foot-5 guard is expected to make the jump to the NBA after one season. With the Chinese season ending in March, Mudiay would be in position to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft in June.

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