Less than two years ago, Joel Embiid had never played basketball. Now, the 7-footer will suit up for one of the best programs in college basketball history.
On Tuesday, Embiid tweeted that he was headed to Kansas.
Proud to be a jayhawk— Joel Hans Embiid (@jojo_embiid) November 13, 2012
Embiid, a Cameroon native, burst onto the scene this past summer, while playing with Florida Elite on the AAU circuit. He made plays on the defensive end, ran the floor, and finished plays around the rim. He's certainly still raw offensively, but he has very, very high ceiling.
As a result, he was one of the most talked-about big men during July.
“He's got untapped potential,” an assistant coach said at the time. “In two years, he's going to be really good for somebody.”
That “somebody” is going to be Kansas, which beat out Florida and Texas for Embiid's services. The Jayhawks made up plenty of ground during the latter part of Embiid's recruitment, as it seemed the in-state Gators had the edge for most of the past couple of months.
Embiid is ranked as the No. 100 prospect at CBSSports.com, and he gives Kansas one of the top two or three classes in the country. Wayne Selden (No. 23), Conner Frankamp (No. 38), Brannen Greene (No. 39), along with strong point guard Frank Mason, were already in the fold.