The NBA Draft is coming up faster than a lot of people think, as while the official date isn’t until June 20, teams are already starting to look ahead to see what their strategy will be when it comes to building for the future. With prospects starting to rise and fall, teams around the NBA are starting to look for the next NBA star and at who will be the No. 1 overall pick.
For a lot of people, Kansas Jayhawks star Joel Embiid is the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft, but that discussion may have to be put on hold. According to ESPN’s Dana O’Neil, Embiid is already overwhelmed by the bright lights of the NBA and may decide to return to Kansas next year rather than enter the draft early.
He just said he wasn’t sure he was ready. Yet it’s that bit of self-awareness that truly makes Embiid special and any prediction for his future a little more difficult. This isn’t a kid raised on the dream of the NBA, who spent his childhood thinking about posterizing Kobe or trading high-fives with LeBron.
O’Neil also quotes Embiid as being unsure that now is the right time for him to enter the NBA. This doesn’t mean he’s for sure going to return to Kansas next year, but it also doesn’t mean he’s a lock to exit college early either.