A Kansas freshman that is being considered as a potential number one pick will be entering the 2014 NBA Draft. Only it’s not the Kansas freshman most assumed before the season.
Per a report from Y! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Joel Embiid, the 20-year-old seven footer for the Jayhawks, will be entering the draft this year. Woj is reporting that Embiid has already started the process of selecting an agent, which would officially void Embiid’s remaining eligibility.
Embiid emerged throughout the season as a legit NBA-level talent, possessing ideal size for a pro center, a soft touch around the basket and a higher than expected basketball IQ before being shut down in early March due to a stress fracture in his back. His potential has drawn comparisons to Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon at a similar stage in his development. In the 28 games he played in Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in just 23 minutes per game.
Shortly after the report, Embiid denied that his decision was made:
@humblekid11 haven't made a decision yet
— Joel-Hans Embiid (@jojo_embiid) March 27, 2014
Despite his injury, if he did declare Embiid flashed enough potential to solidify himself as a top-5 draft prospect with a very bright future ahead of him in a stacked draft class. Out of the teams with the five worst records in the league — the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz — three are in need of a big man, making Embiid a virtual lock to be selected early.
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