Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Vitals: 19 years old, 7'0", 250 lbs, 7'5" wingspan
Best Athletic Gifts: Agility, mobility, body control
NBA Potential: Considering his blend of size, coordination and ability to absorb the game, Joel Embiid's ceiling lies among the great centers in NBA history.
The Cameroon native is still learning the fundamentals of basketball during his freshman campaign at Kansas, as he only started playing hoops at the age of 16, per Tom Keegan of KUSports.com. All the early evidence indicates he's a natural, as he displays solid instincts on both ends of the court.
Embiid's low-post footwork is fantastic for a college freshman, and it's only going to get better once he turns pro. In addition to his moves, finishing ability and shot-blocking deftness, he shows a knack for connecting with teammates and dealing with pressure-filled defenses.
"Against San Diego State, Embiid was constantly double-teamed and was still able to find teammates for open shots," noted Peter Bukowski of Sports Illustrated. "That kind of passing ability is an innate feel, and hints at a skill level far beyond recent foreign-born NBA post projects."
The big man will likely be a guy who can hit elbow jumpers, create his own shot, pass to cutters, defend every frontcourt and run the floor.
In other words, he'll eventually be one of the absolute best centers in the league.