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Jayhawks Center Embiid Declares for NBA Draft

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Kansas freshman Joel Embiid will enter the NBA draft after a breakthrough season that ended with a stress fracture in his back that kept the 7-footer out of the NCAA tournament.

Embiid had been mulling whether to return for his sophomore season for weeks. He said during a news conference Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse that he reached his decision Sunday.

The native of Cameroon is still raw, having only picked up the game a few years ago. But his natural athleticism made a believer out of NBA scouts, and many believe Embiid will join teammate Andrew Wiggins among the first few picks in the June draft.

Wiggins has already said he is leaving Kansas after his freshman season.


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