Kansas freshman Joel Embiid to enter NBA Draft

Joel Embiid's back issue will cause debate over where he should be taken in the lottery. (USATSI)

One of the best Kansas big men in school history is heading to the NBA.

Freshman Joel Embiid, who averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks, announced at a Wednesday press conference that he will leave school and pursue the NBA. Embiid's decision was under some doubt in recent weeks due to a back issue that caused him to miss the final six games of Kansas' season.

The 7-footer from Cameroon has been considered as a No. 1 overall pick. It remains to be seen if the stress fracture in his back will prevent that from happening. Embiid was thought to be at least a two-year player before the season, but his play bloomed in such a way that his stock soared and changed the dynamic of Kansas' team.

For the entire list of underclassmen staying and going, check out our updated post.

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