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Last week I talked to someone who said the staff expects Embiid to start right away.
Now it sounds like the guys at Jordan Brand practices are raving about Embiid's play.
I think we have a really nice sleep pickup in Embiid. Going to be a really nice complement to Perry on the inside.
I agree. The upside with Embiid is on McLemore levels. My only issue is that he has only been playing bball for a few years and it may take some time. I know we were saying the same about Ben last year being so raw, but I think it's going to take 3/4 of the year until Embiid is a legit starter. However, if we miss on Black, Joel may be thrown into starting lineup day 1.
This post was edited by jjrussell 12 months ago
Embiid tweeted out that he was invited to the Nike Hoops Summit. Big time for him.
Several guys at Jordan have been saying that while Dakari Johnson may be the top center today, Embiid will be the best by the time it's said and done. The kid is blowing up.
RT @FinkelsteinNERR: Joel Embiid has a lot to learn but his talent level is off the charts. One of best NBA prospects here IMO.
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Haven't seen Embiid since July of last year, but liked him as top 4-star then. Sounds like I might not have been aggressive enough although way ahead of the curve than anyone else in regards to him. We will see what he looks like tonight and next Saturday.
Telep said the other day on Petro's show that this year's class is a foundation class as he expects all of the players to be 4 year guys (including Selden) except Embiid. Said Embiid will be a great player his sophomore year after a season under Self.
I was really impressed with Embiid last night going against the best in the nation. Really battling Randle and I thought showed some strong defensive presence considering it was an all star game. The guy is going to be a really good one for Self. If Ellis can make that jump forward in his sophomore year KU's frontcourt will be young but very good.
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He's further along defensively than I thought. I was impressed..He was aggressive on the defensive end against Randle & held his own.
His defense is what's going to float him most in 2013-2014. He has a lot more room to grow offensively, but I think he'll eventually be really supreme on both ends of the court. Remember, his high school team won a four-team event that included Huntington, and Embiid was the player of the tournament. He'll be a freshman big who hasn't had a ton of experience, but the staff thinks he's a two-year guy.
I think one of the key's for Embiid will be if Perry can command a double team or at least a good look over the shoulder from Embiid's defender. Particularly when he catches the ball about 10 or 12 feet out. If we can force the other team to come after Perry Embiid will have a ton of room to operate with the shooters we will have on the floor much of the year.
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Hoops Summit put out a release that included Embiid's addition.
Highlights from the Jordan Brand Classic, including Embiid's monster block of Randle (1:20 mark) after which he finger wagged Randle. In his post-game interview (second video), he called it a "JoJo Block Party."
Highlights from the 2013 JBC national game, featuring Andrew Wiggins, Chris Walker, Julius Randle, Kasey Hill, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Kuran Iverson...
Jordan Classic 2013 interview with Joel Embiid after the all-star game. JoJo talks about his performance, his game, and what Kansas Jayhawks fans can expect ...
They called the KU staff and told them he was "too good not to play."
Chad Ford loves him some Embiid.
NBA Draft Blog on ESPN.com
Whoa, that's some praise by Ford.
Right now, it's hard not to think "what if" given how close we have been with a number of what seem to be truly special recruits, but I'm growing more and more confident that we will forget that much sooner than later. When expect to win the conference every year, you need a pretty amazing class coming in to replace all five starters. I'm convinced we've got one.
A detailed write up from Matt Kamalsky for Draft Express:
Hampered by back spasms throughout the week, Joel Embiid (#28 ESPN, #61 Scout, #25 Rivals, #31 24/7) still managed to put together a nice showing in Portland. Invited to the Hoop Summit after a strong showing at the Jordan Brand Classic, the 7-foot center has only been playing the game for a few years, and while he remains raw, his upside is obvious.
Standing out at first glance with his 240 pound frame and 7'5 wingspan, Embiid looks the part of a NBA center. Very new to the game of basketball, the Kansas commit has a limited feel for how to make his presence felt consistently, and doesn't always know his limitations, but flashed some intriguing tools on both ends of the floor, even though he wasn't at 100%. Knocking down a 20-foot jump shot, making a nifty move to score a left handed hook shot in the post, and putting in some impressive efforts on the offensive glass, Embiid has some unique skills for a player only beginning to pick up the nuances of the game.
On the defensive end, Embiid is a talented shot-blocker who has the tools to become an excellent defender on the ball and rotating over from the weak-side down the road. The Basketball Without Borders product is a bit foul prone and could stand to be more aggressive pursuing the ball off the rim, but his timing was impeccable at certain moments in practice.
Noted for developing big men, the Kansas staff landed an ideal long-term project in Embiid. If he can get stronger and continue developing as an interior scorer, rebounder, and defender, it would not be surprising to see Embiid emerge as an extremely interesting NBA prospect down the road and a valuable contributor for the Jayhawks as they look to replace Jeff Withey.
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