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Joel Embiid makes NBA draft decision

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Kansas Jayhawks' freshman center Joel Embiid will enter the NBA draft this summer, according to Yahoo Sports.

The 20-year-old star has been mentioned as a potential number one overall selection in the draft, along with teammate Andrew Wiggins and Duke small forward Jabari Parker.

Embiid, a 7-ft tall center from Cameroon, has only been playing organised basketball since the age of 16, but his physical tools coupled with a natural low-post game have had the NBA scouts drooling.

He averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 23 minutes-per-game for the Jayhawks this season, although the team's NCAA Championship hopes suffered a terminal blow when Embiid went down with a stress fracture in his back.

That injury ended his season two games prior to the Big 12 tournament, and the Jayhawks couldn't make it past the Stanford Cardinals in the Round of 32 tie in the NCAA Championship.

A huge presence in the low-post, Embiid has been a massive help as a rim protector on defense too, and with his height and wingspan, he has the ability to be a true NBA franchise center.

There aren't many of those around in the league, which has NBA teams projecting Embiid as a potential number one pick - despite the hype surrounding Wiggins.

The report claims a formal announcement is expected soon, but Embiid is close to picking an agent to represent his interests.

Although the decision is not final yet, it looks like Embiid is leaning towards declaring early.

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