Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid Still Considering NBA Future

by March 24, 2014


by Bill DiFilippo

You can argue pretty easily that the two top prospects in the 2014 NBA Draft—should they declare—are star freshmen and SLAM 177 cover boys Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid.

However, the Duke forward and the Kansas center are reportedly unsure about entering the 2014 Draft after both schools were unexpectedly bounced during the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

Parker and the third seeded Blue Devils were eliminated in the first round of the Tournament on Friday, and after the game, Parker reportedly told ESPN’s Andy Katz that his career is “incomplete” and that may impact his decision to declare.

As for Embiid, who did not play when second seeded Kansas fell to 10th seeded Stanford due to a lingering back injury, told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that he is still contemplating staying in school


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.

 The two, along with all other potential early entrants, have until April 27 at 11:59 p.m. ET to declare for the draft.