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Report: Joel Embiid may stay in school

Chuck - Red's Army February 5, 2014 Celtics News, Draft 12 Comments

FireShot Screen Capture #030 - 'Joel Embiid Pictures - Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN' - espn_go_com_mens-college-basketball_player_photos___id_67433_photoId_3521880_joel-embiidFirst Jabari Parker and now Joel Embiid?

ESPN college basketball writer (and notorious Rondo basher) Jeff Goodman reports that Kansas big man Joel Embiid is strongly considering staying in school for another season:

Kansas 7-footer Joel Embiid told ESPN that he is far from a lock to leave college after this season, and is “strongly considering” returning for his sophomore campaign.

The Cameroon native said prior to Tuesday’s win at Baylor that he didn’t feel as though he was ready to make the jump to the NBA, but added after the game that it will depend largely on his development over the remainder of the season.

However, Embiid — who has only been playing organized basketball for three years — has quickly become a lock to be taken in the top three picks in June’s NBA Draft if he opts to leave college. Many NBA executives told ESPN.com that he is the frontrunner to be selected first.

“I’m not even thinking about it right now,” Embiid said. “I’ll make a decision after the season, but I’m definitely considering coming back to school.”

Wouldn’t this scenario be a kick in the nuts. The Celtics land the 2nd or 3rd pick in the draft lottery only to learn that Parker and Embiid want to work on their games and fondle co-eds for another season.

After Andrew Wiggins goes #1, the Celtics would be forced to take Julius Randle (PF), Marcus Smart (PG) or Dante Exum (PG/SG). Great prospects who happen to play positions of strength for Boston.

The easiest path to rebuilding is drafting Wiggins, Parker or Embiid, guys who can play along side Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger.

File under: Take the money and run, Joel.

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  • Red’s Cigar

    Parker is definitely staying. His best friend from high school and number 1 recruit, jalil okafor, is committed to Duke. He wants to play with him next year.

    • LA Flake

      Some best friend…Friends don’t let friends walk away from $20 million.

    • WardenOfTheNorth

      I wouldn’t be too sure. Lots of pressure from all angles, once the season is over and the draft approaches. Family, friends, agents..will all be telling these kids, NOW IS THE TIME. Just because he’s a top prospect this year, doesn’t mean he’ll be the #1 pick next season. Anything can happen (injuries, development, etc), I highly doubt his decision to stay will be based on a high school friend. Look at Sullinger. If he left after his Freshman year, he probably would’ve gone Top 5, especially in that weak draft. Instead he stays, concerns about his back are made public and he drops to the 21st pick. That’s huge.

  • vitamin d

    UMMMMMMMMMMM….. >:(

  • Brad P

    Hurry world, show them that money is the root of all good!

    • Curt Hays

      +1 for objectivism reference

  • dk

    thats about right–this will ofcourse be the year when we finally get a 1 or 2 pick in the lottery.

  • tvor03

    like I said with Parker, these reports come out every year with the top prospects. I remember reading these stories about John Wall and Anthony Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist. It’s only half way through the college season, so don’t bother listening to it.

    • LA Flake

      Like I said with Parker, either they’re just idiots or some fine coeds are using their, um, “leverage” to get these guys to stick around. Won’t work.

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  • bill_nair

    Wouldnt be mad at Exum taken out of that crop of players. I could see him playing effectively off the ball with Rondo.