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Kanas star Joel Embiid to declare eligibility for the 2014 NBA Draft

Joel Embiid #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks shoots a free throw during the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Allen Fieldhouse on January 29, 2014 in Lawrence, Kansas.
(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid will be one and out. According to a report by CBS Sports on March 27, the projected lottery pick is expected to enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

Embiid, who missed the final six games of the season after suffering a back injury, had an impressive freshman year with the Jayhawks. The 7-foot center averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks, but it was his natural presence that basically has him locked as at least the second over pick if not the number one pick depending on the team and it’s need.

Although Embiid hasn’t made a formal announcement, the news is not surprising as Embiid along with teammate Andrew Wiggins were expected to just play one season in college. The injury suffered by Embiid may have clenched his decision, as he would be risking a decline in draft value if he returned for another year.

At just 20 year’s old, the freshman has a soft touch around the basket. That along with his shot-blocking ability and pure dominance at both ends of the floor will make Embiid a prize selection come June. Teams like the Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics would love to have a player like Joel Embiid as a center piece in their rebuilding process.

The only risk will be whether Embiid will make a full recovery after his back injury. All indications point him making that full recovery.

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