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