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Report: Joel Embiid declaring for NBA draft today

Apr 9, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

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A couple weeks ago, a report leaked Joel Embiid would declare for the NBA draft.

Embiid, likely sensibly, denied making such a decision.

But with Embiid holding a news conference at 3 p.m. today, the writing is on the wall – and on ZagsBlog:

Joel Embiid will announce his plans to enter the NBA Draft during a press conference with Kansas coach Bill Self on Wednesday at 2 p.m central time, multiple sources told SNY.tv.

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Embiid could be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft – if he’s deemed healthy.

The Kansas center, who averaged 11.2 points on 63 percent shooting, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 23.1 minutes per game as a freshman, wowed with his combination of skills and athleticism. At 7-foot and 250 pounds, he has the body for the NBA. And he just turned 20.

There’s so much to like about him – except a back injury that kept him out of the Jayhawks’ final six games. As Nerlens Noel showed last season, an injury can cause even highly regarded prospects to fall in the draft.

Embiid will have a lot of questions to answer before June 26, and he’ll start that process today. However, he’ll answer the biggest questions not in news conferences or interviews with NBA teams, but through his medical testing.

If Embiid aces those tests, he could be the No. 1 pick depending which team wins the lottery. If questions remain about his health, he’s still likely a top-five pick – which is a credit to how impressive he is in every other consideration.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Joel Oden…

  2. peopletrains - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    1. Randle
    2. Embiid
    3. Exum
    4. Wiggins

  3. bpayton216 - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Gotta see how his health is, but I think he’s the top overall pick if his back isn’t too messed up. If it’s a fracture there may be cause for concern but with technology today he might be just fine down the road.

  4. pharohislife - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Great. Now Cmon Parker, time to follow suit.

  5. jolink653 - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    I dunno, I really think Randle played himself into the #1 pick after his tournament showing. He’s really a complete player whereas the others have some developing to do or, in Embiid’s case, some injuries to overcome. Back problems for an enormous guy like him could lead to a lot of issues down the road

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