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Kansas center Joel Embiid considering staying at Kansas for sophomore season

Feb 4, 2014, 11:54 PM EDT

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There ought to be plenty of talent in the green room at this June’s NBA draft. Although a consensus top-3 pick, maybe the No. 1 overall pick, is exploring the idea of returning for his sophomore season.

ESPN Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman  spoke with Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid before and after No. 8 Kansas’ 69-52 win over Baylor on Tuesday night. Before the game Embiid told Goodman he wasn’t sure if he was ready to declare for the NBA. Following the win he said it all depends on his development for the remainder of the season. Embiid, the Cameroon native who has only played three years of organized basketball, has rapidly improved in his short time in Lawrence.

Not only is he averaging 11.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game, but he has also dethroned teammate Andrew Wiggins as the projected top overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft according to

“I’m not even thinking about it right now,” Embiid told Goodman. “I’ll make a decision after the season, but I’m definitely considering coming back to school.”

It’s tough to truly know if Embiid is actually considering returning for another season. Kansas is playing great basketball as of late, and is a trendy pick to make it back to the Final Four this month. Would it really be best move for Embiid to announce his plans to bolt after this season, in February, with his team contending for a national title?

He’s going to be a top-3 pick, could very well be the top pick giving his potential impact. If he returns there is always the possibility of an injury, which will likely drop you stocks, a move that will cost you millions.

Maybe he is honestly considering returning. Again there’s no real way of knowing. Remember he is three years into organized basketball, and Kansas head coach Bill Self has seen his big men in the past improve over the years.

It’s a fair question, and Embiid answered it in the best answer possible. There’s just no way of knowing if he’s actually open to returning to KU, or if he’s already made up his mind and declare this spring.

  1. tjjohnson98 - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    Aaaaand… We probably just lost Myles Turner. Hope Turner waits to choose his school until after Embiid does/doesn’t declare. However, if Embiid does stay, he’d be a better option than Turner.

  2. greej1938l - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    I’m not even thinking about it right now…..but I’m considering staying at school hahaha ummmm

  3. bballerjones - Feb 5, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    I’d like to see Joel say at my favorite University. But being no fool, I know the big bucks are waving under his nose like a well grilled T-bone! If you do say work hard as hell on the mechanics and in the future we can all say “I remember him at KU when he turned heads with drop step to the basket!” “Sigh!”

  4. bballerjones - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    It’s a good bet that Joel will stick around at KU! The big surprise will be Andrew Wiggins staying for another year at KU! May be a surprise to many but not to me. Wiggins knows his weaknesses and would want to correct them before going on to the big stage. Having Embiid, Wiggins along with Thorpe and Ellis and you can write in the Jayhawks for 2014-15 before those four EVEN step on the court. Dreamin’? NOT REALLY!!!

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