When the college basketball season began, Joel Embiid was thought to be a relatively talented prospect – but the top pick overall? That seemed to be a bit of a long shot, especially given Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins were expected to declare at some point.
But Embiid has been nothing short of phenomenal in recent weeks and according to ESPN’s Chad Ford, multiple NBA general managers and scouts believe the Kansas big man is pulling away and is the clear cut favorite to become the top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Within hours of putting out our last Big Board, more and more scouts and GMs began texting me with what I already expected to hear: Embiid is now the presumptive favorite to be the No. 1 pick. Long, athletic, 7-foot shot-blockers who score in multiple ways can be tough to find.
Embiid is clearly quite a talent, but as Ford mentions, combined with that talent comes a seven foot frame (that’s more athletic than most big men). That’s a tough scouting report to turn away no matter how enamored one may be with either Parker or Wiggins.