Head coach Bill Self received amazing news Tuesday morning as four-star recruit Joel Embiid verbally committed to the Kansas Jayhawks.
Embiid is a native of Cameroon and is fairly new to basketball. He only started playing in the past two years. The 6-foot-11 center is not in the ESPN 100 at the moment, but could get there when the rankings are re-evaluated in January. He could even become a top-20-level recruit.
Embiid played this summer on a talented Florida Elite team. Although, his senior season at The Rock School in Gainesville, Florida will be an important one. This is because he is a prospect at this point and not a player. He’ll need to continue to develop, but also show strides in production and consistency. This will be his first season as a player who is counted on to produce.
According to EPSN, Embiid’s coach at The Rock Justin Harden said, “He’s picked up the game faster than some of the guys I’ve had. His combination of size, athletic ability and coordination is something.”
Less then 24 hours ago, Embiid was visiting Kansas. Even though many big time teams pressed for him, Embiid knew Kansas was a tough team to defeat. He said “After my visit I knew that Kansas was good. Luc (Luc Richard Mbah a Moute) talked to some people in the NBA and they said that the player development was good at Kansas” (Source: ESPN).
The Kansas Jayhawks edged out both the Florida Gators and the Texas Longhorns in the battle for Embiid. Kansas’ 2013 recruiting class is now ranked second in the nation behind the Kentucky Wildcats.
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