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Depending on who wins the NBA draft lottery, Cameroonian 7-footer Joel Embiid may actually do the unthinkable and wrest the crown of No. 1 pick away from teammate Andrew "Jesus Wigginsworth" Wiggins. NBADraft.net already has him atop the list, projected to the Milwaukee Bucks.
But first, Kansas fans need to see the freshman compete in Big 12 action. If he continues on the path he's been treading recently, he should see plenty of conference minutes.
Embiid got off to a slow start, primarily thanks to foul trouble. Over his first eight games, he played less than 19 minutes per game, committing 7.7 fouls per 40. Penciled into the starting lineup over the past four games, he's averaged 26.5 MPG and 4.9 fouls per 40.
His first three starts came against potential pro-caliber competition in Florida's Patric Young, New Mexico's Alex Kirk and Georgetown's Josh Smith. All he did in those three games was put up 41 points, 20 rebounds and eight blocks, while those three combined for 22, 11 and two against him.
Outside of Baylor's trio of Isaiah Austin, Cory Jefferson and Rico Gathers or Texas' Cameron Ridley, the Big 12 isn't exactly loaded with men combining size similar to Embiid's with any sort of skill level. If KU lets the big dog eat on a consistent basis, he could average a double-double and lead the league in blocks.
Most importantly, he'd remind the upstarts in Stillwater, Waco and Ames that the road to the Big 12 title still leads through Lawrence.