Although back problems have kept Kansas Jayhawks’ freshman center Joel Embiid off of the court since a March 1 loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys in which he had 13 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot, he is still expected to be one of the top three picks in June’s NBA Draft.
Draft Express currently ranks Embiid as the second best prospect eligible for the draft behind his teammate, forward Andrew Wiggins, and currently project him to be selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the second overall pick, with Wiggins going first to the Philadelphia 76ers.
However, Embiid has expressed interest in returning to Kansas for his sophomore season and may not enter the draft, according to Gary Parrish of CBS Sports.
“I’m not worried about that right now,” Embiid said.
Embiid added that he’ll speak to KU’s coaching staff and fellow Cameroonian Luc Mbah a Moute before deciding whether to enter the 2014 NBA Draft. There is no timetable for a decision, Embiid told CBSSports.com.
Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 1.4 assists in 23.1 minutes per game this season.