2014 NBA Draft Profile: Kansas Jayhawks Center Joel Embiid

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Feb 4, 2014; Waco, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid (21) warms up before the game against the Baylor Bears at the Ferrell Center. The Jayhawks defeated the Bears 69-52. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

For a long time, Andrew Wiggins was thought to be a shoo-in as the top pick in the 2014 NBA draft. His college teammate, Joel Embiid, could either steal the top spot himself, or at the least, very well have the draft starting with consecutive Kansas Jayhawks taken among the first two picks.

A former volleyball and soccer player who only started playing basketball three years ago, Embiid was discovered by fellow Cameroonian, ex-UCLA star and current Minnesota Timberwolves forward, Luc Mbah a Moute.

When healthy, Embiid has the size and talent to possibly restore some luster to a once-prominent but now forgotten position in the NBA.

Here’s a closer look at whether Embiid might develop into the NBA’s next great center …

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  • Orion Dezine

    He ha the potential to be great but he needs to develop more physically and get in better conditioning. He was banged up and really didn’t play consistently all season and it will only be worse playing against grown men. He’s going to get hurt if he declares before his body is ready for it. KU has a better strength program than the nba can offer. His maturity is also lacking if you keep an eye on his twitter. I expect him to declare but he really isn’t as ready as a Parker, wiggins or Randle all around.