Joel Embiid, many people's number one pick for next week's NBA Draft, has suffered another injury this week, ruling him out of key work outs with some of the franchise's at the top of the 2014 draft order.
According to ESPN, the former Kansas Jayhawks center has suffered a broken right foot which will mean he misses the chance to impress the Milwaukee Bucks with whom he was scheduled to work out with this Friday.
Embiid's agent confirmed that the top prospect had cancelled the Bucks workout, before adding that it was highly unlikely that the Cameroonian would be able to participate in any basketball activity before June 26.
Embiid has been build as a player who can excel in the NBA after just one season of college basketball in Kansas. The 19-year-old averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks before the Jayhawks suffered early elimination at March Madness
A Growing Concern
The worry for NBA teams though will be that Embiid's broken foot is not his first significant injury.
The towering center has been hampered by a back injury at several points during his year in Kansas which meant he could play no part in the season-ending March Madness tournament and this latest news is sure to set of warning alarms for several of the teams involved in the early stages of the Draft.
Embiid and his team will be worried that this latest injury has the potential to derail what had promised to be a big night for the young star. He had impressed the Cleveland Cavaliers (who hold the crucial no.1 pick) last Friday during a work out seemingly managing to convince them he was injury free.
Who can profit?
Team wise, if both the Bucks and Cavs (who hold the top two picks) choose to pass on the prodigious talent then Embiid could fall to the Philadelphia 76ers at number three who then face a key decision.
As noted by one local Philadelphia paper however, the franchise does have a history of taking a chance on an injury hit prospect having recruited Nerlons Noel last year in spite of his anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Player wise, Embiid's former Kansas teammate Andrew Wiggins could profit and rise up to the number one pick with many teams keen on his franchise player potential.
The NBA Draft takes place next Thursday June 26, and Embiid will be hoping he has done enough to convice those that matter than he will be able to rid himself of his injury woes when he enters the NBA.
To remind you of what he is capable of, check out his highlights below...
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