Joel Embiid Draft Profile

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Hometown Yaoundé, Cameroon
Birthday (Age) 3/16/1994 (20)
Height 7'0"
Weight 240
Wingspan 7'5"
Projection Top-3 Pick

Combine Results

Standing Reach Body Fat No Step Vert Max Vert Bench Press Lane Agility 3/4 Sprint

2013-14 Stats

28 (23.1) 11.2 2.3 8.1 1.4 (2.4) 2.6 3.8/6.1 (62.6%) 3.5/5.1 (68.5%)

According To The Experts:

One of the most intriguing prospects in this class, Joel Embiid has a prototypical NBA body (7’0” // 240 // 7’5” wingspan) and a surprisingly refined skillset given the fact that he only began playing organized basketball three years ago.

Born and raised in Yaoundé, he grew up playing volleyball and soccer, but when fellow Cameroonian Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (currently a member of the Milwaukee Bucks) returned to his home country to hold a basketball camp in 2010, a then 6’9” Embiid was urged to attend despite the fact that he had only a passing understanding of the game. He stood out immediately, showing an arsenal of moves and a level of court awareness that belied his inexperience. He was so impressive that Mbah a Moute arranged for Embiid to attend the renowned Basketball Without Borders camp in Johannesburg, South Africa and later convinced Joel’s parents to send their son to America to play high school basketball. In just 18 months, Embiid went from not knowing the difference between man and zone defense to being the #6 recruit in the Class of 2013 (according to ESPN). He fielded scholarship offers from Florida and Texas before committing to Kansas.

He made an impact immediately and showed rapid improvement under the tutelage of Jayhawks head coach Bill Self. Embiid logged just 11 minutes off the bench in his collegiate debut against Louisiana-Monroe on November 8, but got to the free-throw line 10 times and finished with nine points and four boards. Next time out, in a 94-83 win over Duke, he pulled down seven rebounds and dished out five assists in 20 minutes of action. In his third game, he notched his first double-double, scoring 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting and grabbing 13 rebounds in 26 minutes. By December, Coach Self had named Embiid Kansas’ starting center. He would start 20 of his team’s next 21 games, but a lower back injury suffered late in the season forced him to miss his team’s final six games, including its two NCAA Tournament contests.

Embiid averaged 11.2 points (62.6 FG%, 68.5 FT%), 8.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 2.6 blocks in 23.1 minutes per game as a freshman, turning heads with his impressive breadth of offensive skills and his impactful play on the defensive end. Most expect him to be drafted no later than third overall in June’s draft.


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“Has great height, broad shoulders, long arms and good strength. Has shown rapid improvement and seems to be just scratching the surface of his potential. Has the length and leaping ability to play high above the rim and has very high upside. Has come along as an offensive player and knows his role and his limits. Shows a decent jump hook and drop step in the lane. Shows good understanding of the game, despite his lack of experience, and finds the open man well.”

“What is most striking about Embiid is how advanced his game is given that he reportedly only started playing basketball in 2011. The former volleyball and soccer player is clearly a naturally gifted athlete, and his length and fluidity both translate very well to basketball... He keeps good balance offensively both with his back to the basket and, more impressively, facing the hoop... His body control and lateral movement for a seven-footer are both exceptional... Offensively, Embiid's game is quickly expanding, but he can already score in a variety of ways. Going forward, he will likely rely on mid-range jumpers and back to the basket post moves. However, he is already confident taking face up shots out to the college three point line with decent (but not great) form.”

“Embiid possesses very good hands and a soft touch, both on the catch and his shot... He is a willing passer... Should polish his back-to-the-basket moves... His frame is very good for a 17 year old, but he will need to continue to work on his body and strength to compete physically in the post at the next level.”