Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid (21) Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking News: Joel Embiid Declares For The 2014 NBA Draft


 

 

You can’t blame a kid for taking the money. Today, Joel Embiid, the talented freshman center for the Kansas Jayhawks, made it official, and declared for the 2014 NBA Draft.

According to Matt Tait of the Lawrence Journal World and KUsports.com, via twitter, Embiid made it official.

 

 

 

 

Embiid played in 28 out the Jayhawks 35 games this season. He missed the last 6 games of the season, including two games in the Big 12 Conference tournament, and both NCAA Tournament games. He also missed a game earlier in the season. A back injury kept him out of all of these games. Kansas went 4-3 in these games, including losses in both tournaments.

Embiid averaged 23.1 minutes a game, scoring 11.2 points, and pulling down 8.1 rebounds. He had 38 assists, 25 steals, and a Kansas freshman record for blocked shots with 72.

Chris Mannix of SI.com, has Embiid going second in the 2014 NBA Draft in his latest mock draft, behind Duke’s Jabari Parker. Mannix has Embiid’s Kansas’ teammate Andrew Wiggins, who declared earlier, going third.

Despite the fact Embiid is a basketball novice, playing the game only three years, it doesn’t make sense for him to return to Kansas for a second season. To many things can go wrong. He is very talented, but very raw. His overall game would probably improve mightily with another season under Bill Self’s tutelage, but it is hard to turn down the guaranteed money he will get from being a high lottery pick.

Kansas fans can be disappointed, but they won’t be surprised. This is expected news. We just hoped we were going to be wrong.

Now, Kansas has another scholarship to offer. Kelly Oubre and Cliff Alexander are already on board for next season. Check out our previews of both players here (Oubre), and here (Alexander). Prime recruit, center Miles Turner, may now be on Kansas’ radar.

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