Prospect Profile: Joel Embiid

In-depth look at the draft prospect out of Kansas

"I want to thank the coaching staff, my teammates, the fans — everyone that’s helped me through my journey. After thinking a lot, I’ve decided to declare for the NBA Draft," Embiid said in a statement.


Basics

Height Weight Wingspan Position College Hometown
7'0" 250 7'5" Center Kansas Yaoundé, Cameroon

Collegiate Career

Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2013-14 28 23.1 107 171 .626 98 143 .685 8.1 1.4 0.9 2.6 313 11.2
Totals 28 23.1 107 171 .626 98 143 .685 8.1 1.4 0.9 2.6 313 11.2

Three-point field goals: 1-for-5 (.200).


Accolades

  • Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman.
  • Set the KU freshman record in field goal percentage (62.6).
  • Ranked 31st in the nation in blocks on only 23.1 minutes per game.
  • Selected to the USWBA Freshman All-America team.

Strengths

Extremely fluid athlete for his size with exceptional coordination and footwork. Enormous wingspan. Highly-productive rebounder and shot-blocker. Shows potential offensively, with a soft touch and moves in the post.


Quotes

"Embiid might go a spot higher than this or several spots lower [than 2], depending on what doctors tell franchises about his back. He's a special and unique talent. But that back problem is an undeniable concern until doctors say it isn't."

Gary Parrish, CBS Sports College Basketball Insider

"There are very few players in the NBA who are capable of doing what he projects to do if he's healthy. He's a big, fluid athlete with the ability to dominate on both ends of the floor. He has a soft touch around the basket, and is a good rebounder and shot-blocker. It's rare to find such a well-rounded 7-footer. In a draft devoid of real centers, he could be the most coveted commodity if a team is willing to be patient."

Chad Ford, ESPN NBA Insider


Projections

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