2014 NBA Draft Profile: Joel Embiid

Oct 4, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; A general view of Kansas Jayhawks fans cheering during Late Night at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

  • 7’0″
  • 240 lbs
  • Wingspan: 7’5″
  • Center
  • Kansas
  • Freshman

Despite playing alongside the consensus No.1 pick for next year’s NBA Draft, Joel Embiid out of Kansas is an intriguing prospect. At 7’0″, 240 pounds with a freakish 7’5″ wingspan, Embiid is a space eater and interior defensive presence due to his size alone. Couple that with his explosive athletic ability and you get a unique breed at the center position.

Embiid is somewhat raw at the offensive end. However, he will immediately give Andrew Wiggins and the Jayhawks a finisher on the inside. In addition, the potential is there for the big man to be much more than that. With the size, athletic ability, a few post moves in the making, and an already promising perimeter jump shot.

Without many centers projected to be drafted in 2014, Embiid will more than likely see his draft stock rise. Although he is flying somewhat under the radar at this point, expect him to be a household name by the time June rolls around. A rim protecting, athletic big man that can score inside and out is a rare commodity. Teams will be thrilled if he is still available when it’s their turn to pick. Expect Embiid to be in the discussion as a top-five pick by the time the college hoops season is over.

Topics: Joel Embiid, Kansas Jayhawks, NBA Draft 2014

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