LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) CBS Sports' Gary Parrish is reporting big news for the Jayhawks big man. In a story he posted this morning Parrish said:
Joel Embiid scored 18 points versus New Mexico on Saturday, Dec. 14th, 2013 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. (Photo: Jeff Jacobsen/Kansas Athletics)
Kansas star Joel Embiid has decided to forgo his final three seasons of Division I eligibility and enter the 2014 NBA Draft, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday.
A formal announcement is expected soon.
This all may be news to the KU standout though. On the same day, he and his mentor Luc Mbah a Moute tweeted that he hasn't made up his mind yet.
@humblekid11 haven't made a decision yet— Joel-Hans Embiid (@jojo_embiid) March 27, 2014
@WojYahooNBA joel has not yet made a decision!— Luc Mbah a Moute (@mbahamoute) March 27, 2014
Kansas Head Coach Bill Self told KUSports.com that, "positively no decision has been made regarding Joel Embiid's future."
Embiid is projected as the second overall pick in at least one mock draft and could theoretically go No. 1 after averaging 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 23.1 minutes before suffering a back injury that robbed the freshman of the final six games of his season. The 7-foot center's main competition for the top spot is teammate Andrew Wiggins, a 6-foot-8 wing who averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds in 32.8 minutes.
The Jayhawks, even with these losses, will likely be picked to win their 11th straight Big 12 title. Perry Ellis, Wayne Selden, Naadir Tharpe, Frank Mason, Jamari Taylor and Conner Frankamp are among the expected returnees. They'll be joined by a recruiting class highlighted by five-star prospects Kelly Oubre and Cliff Alexander, the latter of whom is a 6-9 center who was recently named the Naismith High School National Player of the year.