Joel Embiid will announce his NBA Draft entry decision on Wednesday. Embiid and coach Bill Self will meet with the media at 2 p.m central time.
On March 27th, Yahoo Sports reported Embiid had already made up his mind and would leave for the NBA Draft and would make his announcement in the next couple of weeks. However, Embiid refuted the claims and said he hadn’t made a decision yet.
Embiid, who averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game in the 2013-14 season, is projected to be a top three pick in this year’s NBA Draft and could go as high as No. 1.
Embiid could be the fourth one and done in Kansas history. Embiid would join Andrew Wiggins (2014, ?), Josh Selby (2011, Round 2, Pick 49) and Xavier Henry (2010, Round 1, Pick 12) as the other one and done’s. Embiid and Wiggins look to become the highest drafted Jayhawk since Danny Manning was drafted No. 1 overall in 1988 and the first top five pick since Thomas Robinson in 2012.
Embiid was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year after setting the KU freshman blocking record with 72 blocked shots. Along with Andrew Wiggins, Embiid was on the USBWA Freshman All-America Team. Embiid started 20 games and played in 28 in 2013-14 and he finished second in the Big 12 in blocks (2.6) and sixth in rebounds (8.1) to add to his 11.2 scoring average. He also set the KU freshman record in field goal percentage (62.6) and rebounding average (8.1). Embiid led KU with eight double-doubles and blocked at least one shot in each of his last 22 games. A stress fracture (back) sidelined him for last six games, including Big 12 Championship and NCAA Tournament.
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