HoopsHype Joel Embiid rumors

April 9, 2014 Updates

Embiid was not considered a lottery pick entering the season, but quickly made his way up the draft boards with his ability to score in the post and also change the game on the defensive end. He's only been playing basketball for a few years. Embiid told ESPN earlier in the season that he was "strongly considering" returning to Kansas for his sophomore campaign. However, sources told ESPN that he was advised to come out after this season, especially after suffering the back injury. One of his key advisors is countryman and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. ESPN.com

I recently caught up with an NBA scout, who gave the following breakdown of Joel Embiid: “He has had the biggest impact on this draft so far. Entering the season, the conversation was about Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle, and then scouts starting falling for Embiid. Scouts were falling in love with him and then looking over their shoulder hoping that no other teams were noticing how great he looked. Obviously, he kept improving and the secret got out. He’s able to do so many things at his size that nobody else can. He has amazing footwork, great athleticism, nice touch and a beautiful stroke on his shot. He may have the highest upside in the draft because he still has so much room to grow. His footwork reminds me of Hakeem Olajuwon and his power, outside shot and skills remind me a little of Patrick Ewing. He could be really, really good.” Sulia

April 8, 2014 Updates

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. “He’s coming out,” one NBA source said. “Shouldn’t be a surprise. He’s a lock for the Top 5.” ZagsBlog.com

April 7, 2014 Updates
April 3, 2014 Updates

What's the latest info on whether or not Joel Embiid and/or Jabari Parker will enter the draft? Chad Ford: Both are weighing their options. Both are seriously considering returning ... with Parker so much so that several scouts are claiming he's coming back to school. But I think that's premature. They have time. The deadline is April 27th to decide. However, if they declare after April 15th, there's no turning back. They'll lose their college eligibility. Parker is really NBA ready. He could obviously improve if he stayed, but he's a NBA starter from Day One. He'll get minutes and playing against the best competition is the best way to improve. The only good reason for him to stay is because he loves college, wants to lead Duke to a NCAA Championship and is OK just waiting. ESPN.com

April 2, 2014 Updates

Q: What's the latest info on whether or not Joel Embiid and/or Jabari Parker will enter the draft? Chad Ford: Both are weighing their options. Both are seriously considering returning ... with Parker so much so that several scouts are claiming he's coming back to school. But I think that's premature. They have time. The deadline is April 27th to decide. However, if they declare after April 15th, there's no turning back. They'll lose their college eligibility. Parker is really NBA ready. He could obviously improve if he stayed, but he's a NBA starter from Day One. He'll get minutes and playing against the best competition is the best way to improve. The only good reason for him to stay is because he loves college, wants to lead Duke to a NCAA Championship and is OK just waiting. But as far as development goes, the NBA is his best option. Embiid is a little different. He's rawer and may not see the minutes Parker would see as a NBA rookie. He also has a big unknown with his back that could affect his draft stock if NBA doctors get wary. He would probably benefit more than Parker from returning for another year of college, but it's really hard to turn down a Top 3 pick. I think both will probably declare at the end of the day, but I wouldn't be shocked if they stayed either. ESPN.com

March 29, 2014 Updates

Let's be clear: Embiid's back injury isn't raising red flags among NBA executives -- yet. Several executives with likely lottery picks told SI.com that they will wait to get a closer look at Embiid's medicals before moving him down on their boards. For now, they still see Embiid as a strong defender with high-level physical tools and the form and footwork to develop into an elite two-way center. SI.com

March 27, 2014 Updates

A couple of hours after the report surfaced, future Jayhawk Cliff Alexander sent Embiid a note on Twitter saying simply, "Good luck to you big fella." Not long after that, Embiid replied to Alexander on the same social media forum and said, "haven't made a decision yet." Lawrence Journal-World

Kansas star Joel Embiid – a possible No. 1 overall choice – has decided to enter the June NBA draft, sources told Yahoo Sports. Embiid, a 20-year-old, 7-foot freshman, rapidly emerged as one of college basketball's major talents and moved into competition with Jayhawks teammate Andrew Wiggins and Duke's Jabari Parker to be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft. Yahoo! Sports

March 23, 2014 Updates

While fellow freshman Andrew Wiggins will leave after the season, Kansas teammate Joel Embiid told ESPN that he will talk to the Jayhawks coaching staff and also his mentor, fellow Cameroon native and NBA player Luc Mbah a Moute, before making a final decision concerning his NBA future. Embiid said he's not yet thinking about the decision just moments after watching the Jayhawks get knocked out of the NCAA tournament with a loss to Stanford in the round of 32. "I'm not worried about that right now," Embiid said. ESPN.com

Embiid was considered the frontrunner to be taken No. 1 overall in June's NBA draft prior to the back injury. According to multiple NBA executives, Embiid's draft stock will likely be determined by the medical evaluations on his back. However, it's unlikely he'd drop out of the top three picks -- unless the tests come back with alarming news. ESPN.com

March 17, 2014 Updates

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