Report: Joel Embiid to NBA draft not a done deal — yet


Just when it was thought Kansas center Joel Embiid would declare for the NBA draft comes word from Jayhawks coach Bill Self that "positively no decision has been made" regarding the freshman's future, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

Self made that proclamation with Embiid in his office and just hours after Adrian Wojnarwoski of Yahoo! Sports reported that Embiid was expected to formally announce his decision soon.

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"No decision has been made on what he's going to do next year at all," Se

lf told the Journal-World. "I'm telling you, no decision at all has been made. I think he's still a little ways away from that. That information that was reported did not come from Jo."

So, the possibility obviously still exists that Embiid says yes to the NBA. If he goes, he'd be part of a vaunted one-and-done class that is expected to include his Kansas teammate Andrew Wiggins, Duke's Jabari Parker and Kentucky's Julius Randle. 

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Embiid emerged as a lottery pick talent during the course of the season as NBA people recognized his many talents. The future NBA center possesses athleticism, ability and the potential to become a franchise center. 

Whatever level of basketball he plays in the future, Embiid will have to prove he has recovered from a stress fracture that cut short his freshman campaign. Before Embiid was sidelined, Kansas was considered a possible national title winner. Without him, the Jayhawks suffered an early exit.

Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks this past season at Kansas.