Early in the year the thought was that Embiid could be drafted in The top 5 based on potential. He was expected to show flashes and put up numbers sporadically. But he has progressed much faster than anyone expected and in general has been an even bigger factor than Wiggins. He's also showing better consistency, a stronger motor and making more of an impact. Rumors began in the summer that Coach Self was calling Embiid and not Wiggins his best long-term prospect, though some felt that was a motivational ploy for Wiggins. Apparently not.... It's extremely rare to find a kid with his package of attributes. It is sacrilegious to compare anyone to Hakeem Olajuwon, a giant leap of faith, but for Embiid the comparison appears it actually fit as there really aren't many high level seven-foot athletes with the skill level that he has a chance to develop. He's not as athletic, but he could develop a similar offensive game, and has better size. He's got a tremendous basketball body with not only great athleticism but the ability to add size and strength to his frame. The fact that he's shown an ornery side and has been willing to mix it up is only seen as a positive by scouts. He already shows signs of being an enforcer defensively with his length, explosiveness and timing on blocks. He just needs to learn discipline on fakes and how to stay out of foul trouble and he will be a force. Embiid is a raw talent who has come a long way in a very short time. Scouts who saw this kid 2 years ago African Basketball without Borders event marvel at just how much he's improved in such a short time. He shows terrific form and touch on his shot, plus amazing footwork, giving his potential as an offensive center real intrigue. He's in a tremendous program to develop under Bill Self and would do himself a great service by staying for more than one season of development, but that is beginning to look pretty unlikely with the progress that he has shown thus far. His ability to be a two way impact player puts him above Jabari Parker and No. 1 on our board.