Sixers Select Joel Embiid Third Overall

by Max Rappaport
Sixers.com Writer
@MaxRappaport

After months of speculation about the Sixers’ top selection, the dust has finally settled. Thursday night, the team selected Kansas center Joel Embiid with the third-overall pick.

As a freshman at Kansas, the Yaoundé, Cameroon native averaged 11.2 points (62.6 FG%), 8.1 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks in just 23.1 minutes per game. His impressive play, coupled with the fact that he only began playing basketball competitively in 2010, helped cement his status as a top-three pick.

“He has unbelievable basketball IQ and unbelievable feel,” said Kansas head coach Bill Self after the pick was made. “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a guy that’s only played a sport for three years that’s better than him.”

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