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Report: Joel Embiid to enter the 2014 NBA Draft

Mar 27, 2014, 8:34 AM EDT

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Kansas center Joel Embiid has reportedly made the decision to enter his name into the 2014 NBA Draft, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski.

Embiid is projected as a consensus top three pick in the draft and could go as high as No. 1 overall.

Embiid’s season was cut short when he aggravated a back injury in a loss to Oklahoma State on March 1st. He had dealt with back issues all season long, and it was determined that he had a stress fracture in his spine. He did not play the rest of the season, although he told reporters after No. 2 Kansas was eliminated in the Round of 32 that he would have played in the Sweet 16.

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The 7-foot Cameroonian was toying with the idea of returning to school, but it’s hard to pass up the guaranteed money that is coming his way, particularly when he’s already dealing with injury issues. A bad back is a scary thing for an athlete, especially for a 19-year old 7-footer.

Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 23 minutes a game for the Jayhawks this season.

  1. 1historian - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    “A bad back is a scary thing for an athlete, especially a 19 year old 7 footer.”

    Greg Oden, anyone?

    • therealbigben - Mar 27, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      Cuz Embiid had a fractured knee cap? Or a long history of issues dating back to high school?

      • 1historian - Mar 27, 2014 at 5:21 PM

        The kid is 19 years old, he is 7′ tall, he has lower back trouble, he has limited bball experience.

        Oden was the overall #1 pick in the 2007 draft, he missed the whole 2008 season and more after that and he never even got a chance to show why he was the #1 pick because he has had injury problems ever since. Embiid might have the same kind of (bad) luck.

    • therealbigben - Mar 27, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      So to be clear then, the 2 things Oden and Embiid have in common is that they were both 7′ tall, and at one time had an injury, tho not even similar injuries? Yep, he might have the same bad luck, or just as possible is that he has good luck the rest of his career.

      • 1historian - Mar 28, 2014 at 8:36 AM

        Exactly – he might have good luck, he might have bad luck. Given that he is injured right now to the extent that he had to miss the first few games of the tournament, given that he has limited basketball experience, given the possibility that he is still growing at 19, the question is – is this back trouble chronic or is it just a growing thing?

        Personally I wish him the best but some GM is going to have a heck of a decision to make come draft day – that’s all I’m saying.

  2. henryd3rd - Mar 27, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Take the money because everyone else is making millions from the NCAA, the schools, coaches, TV executives and the advertisers. and the kids get nothing and no guarantees of an education. Check out this month’s Real Sports. !

    The NCAA is a joke

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