Feb 4, 2014; Waco, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid (21) warms up before the game against the Baylor Bears at the Ferrell Center. The Jayhawks defeated the Bears 69-52. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft 2014: Kansas star Joel Embiid to declare for draft today

The short but successful college career of Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid appears to be at an end. While he hasn’t played a game since before the Big 12 tourmanet last month, he’s still considered a top NBA prospect and is now expected to enter the Draft this June.

According to Adam Zagoria from SNY.tv. the Jayhawks big man is finally set to end the speculation of ‘will he-won’t he’ and declare his intentions to enter the NBA Draft and turn pro this summer.

Per Zagoria:

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.

The question now is how will Embiid’s back injury affect his draft stock. Many are starting to slide him back into the No. 1 overall spot but others are concerned about is health. His back hasn’t red flagged him yet and it’s not expected to become a problem, but the league has changed in a way that you don’t draft just for height anymore as we’ve seen the rise of the backcourt in recent years and we’ve seen the fall of the young big man thanks to health problems.

Embiid is unique though and should be gone before we get out of the top 5.


Tags: Kansas Jayhawks NBA Draft 2014

comments powered by Disqus