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Kansas freshman Joel Embiid enters NBA draft

Embiid throws one down for two
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Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Kansas center Joel Embiid announced his intention to enter the NBA draft on Thursday. Although Embiid was unable to participate in the 2014 NCAA tournament, the freshman All American decided to forgo his final three seasons of college life.

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Joel Embiid was an intriguing prospect entering this season, but he quickly became one of the most coveted players by conference play. Unfortunately, a back injury curtailed his development and Embiid wasn’t available for the first weekend of the tournament.

Instead of gearing up for a Sweet 16 game, Kansas lost to Stanford in a disappointing finish. The game highlighted Joel Embiid’s importance to the Jayhawks.

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In 23 minutes per game, Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks every night. It’s likely that Embiid would have played tonight if the Jayhawks advanced, so concerns about his back issues could be overblown.

Kansas is still waiting on fellow freshman, Andrew Wiggins’ decision. Wiggins led Kansas in scoring with 17.8 points per game, and he is a candidate to be the No.1 NBA draft pick in 2014.

Right now it looks like Kansas is losing a lot of production, but they seem to reload stronger each year. With or without Joel Embiid, Kansas will stat atop the Big 12 race.

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