Kansas Center Joel Embiid’s Draft Status Up In The Air

by March 27, 2014


by Bill DiFilippo

Earlier today, Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported that star Kansas center Joel Embiid will enter the NBA Draft, joining his Jayhawk teammate and fellow freshman Andrew Wiggins.

Via Yahoo! Sports:

A formal announcement on Embiid’s decision is expected soon. In the past week, Embiid has progressed in settling on agent representation, but no final decision has been made, sources said.

However, multiple people—including Embiid, Kansas coach Bill Self and Embiid’s mentor, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Luc Ricard Mbah a Moute—have contradicted that report, saying that no decision has been made. 


Embiid, in a Twitter exchange with Cliff Alexander, a top recruit who has committed to play for Kansas next season, was responding to a sourced report by Yahoo! Sports that the 7-footer was heading to the pros, where he is projected to be among the top picks in the draft on June 26.

Kansas coach Bill Self told ESPN’s Andy Katz that the 20-year-old Embiid hasn’t informed him of a decision as to whether he’ll stay or opt for the NBA. And Luc Mbah a Moute, Embiid’s mentor, also said on Twitter that the freshman has yet to make a decision.

There is still plenty of time for the SLAM 177 cover boy to make up his mind, as he has until April 27 at 11:59 p.m. ET to declare for the draft.