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Joel Embiid is a 7-foot, 240-pound center from Cameroon, and might have the most potential out of anyone in the draft class. Although still very raw, he possesses impressive footwork, coordination, ball skills and athleticism for someone of that size. What makes him even more impressive is that this is astonishingly only his third year playing organized basketball.
Kansas head coach Bill Self was quoted talking about Embiid, “He’s literally just getting started. His potential is untapped. From a raw skill set, he’s big, long, quick, athletic, can move his feet, he can shoot over both shoulders, jump hook, things like that. It’s unbelievable for a guy playing three years to have that skill set.”
Usually players like Embiid, who are new to basketball, are not nearly as advanced and are limited skill wise, where Embiid can do it all offensively and is a huge presence down low blocking shots. Through this point in the season he is averaging 9.0 points, 7.0 boards and 2.3 blocks per game, and all of that is produced in only 18 minutes per game. With his minutes bound to go up, and him gaining basketball experience in every game he plays, the sky is the limit for the young Cameroonian.
Although Wiggins, Parker, Randle and those guys get all of the hype, the NBA better watch out for Joel Embiid, as he has all of the tools and potential to become a perennial NBA All-Star.