“To be, or not to be…. an NBA player.” THAT is the question Kansas Freshman Center Joel Embiid will continue to ask himself over the upcoming months as the 2014 NBA Draft approaches.
Numerous NBA GM’s, Executives, college coaches, fans, analysts, journalists, and even the local paper boy views Cameroon Native Joel Embiid as the top pick in the upcoming NBA draft this summer. The seven-foot Embiid’s ceiling is off the charts and his play elevates game in and game out, but one question still remains. Is Joel Embiid, as a person, not as a player, ready for the show?
Embiid addresses his inability to drive, as well as understanding better eating habits as a few aspects that need to be assessed when considering his decision to move on the the NBA:
“I don’t even know how to drive yet,” Embiid claims he told Coach Self in a conversation. “Eating healthy. I don’t know how to do that yet. I don’t know if I feel like I’m ready for all of this.”
Embiid’s fickleness should come as no surprise to any onlookers, considering he has only been in the United States for about two years now and is still learning a multitude of things about the culture surrounding major sports. He is also learning through study of past big men that more time in college can be beneficial to the transition:
“I want to be the best at my position one day,” Embiid said. “I’m trying to learn everything and what other people did. All of the great big men went to college at least two or three years. I think it’s a big factor. I don’t know if it will always work, but I think it’s the best choice.”
Joel Embiid’s indecisiveness about his future should come as ecstatic news to Kansas fans around the world. Retaining the former Cameroonian volleyball player for a Sophomore campaign would accelerate the Jayhawks into next season.
Fortunately for Embiid, and possibly unfortunately for Kansas fans, Embiid has a few more months to ponder his options and make a decision that is best for his family. Kansas has the potential, the depth, and the talent to go all the way this season and all the Jayhawk players, personnel, and supporters need to focus on this season as much as possible. Next year is next year and now is now, and for now, Joel Embiid is a Kansas Jayhawk.
Kansas takes the floor tonight at 9PM EST to take on #12 Baylor in Phog Allen Fieldhouse. Tune in to ESPN for coverage. More information to come on Embiid’s future as the story develops.