JOEL EMBIID Class of 2013: 7-footer on verge of blowing up!!!
Very intriguing prospect. Came to the States last year and has only been playing ball for 18 months. Potential is through the roof. Holds offers from Florida, Louisville, Texas, UCLA, Kansas and others. The main article was written by Jeff Brozello from CBS Sports. I included some interesting hyper links and a SICK highlight mix.
I find it sort of sad. Being 7 feet and athletic is unfair, he's been playing 18 months and is the #1 centre of his class, if you're a 5'11 guy no matter how hard you try in 18 months you'll struggle to be a decent player for your high school team
Sorry for this, lol
It's not his fault he is gifted
Life's not fair, is it fair that some kids are naturally smarter than others? No get over it and make the best use of the gifts you are givin.
If this kid came over when he was a freshman in high school, I'm pretty sure he would be considered the best center prospect since Greg Oden. The only thing that bugged me a little is him saying he wants to learn to be a forward someone around him needs to talk him out of thinking like that, I don't think he realizes how hard true centers are to find.
Better C prospect than Demarcus Cousins? I don't know about that. I'm not sure how you could come to such a conclusion after so little exposure.
I haven't watched him play yet. What I take from those highlights is that he's long, bouncy, has huge hands, plays with good energy and he's a sponge for both good... and not so good things. One important thing that I look for in big man prospects is a strong lower half. Doesn't look like he's got baby deer legs. He's certainly no Isaiah Austin in that regard. Outside of that, I can't draw any conclusions as to what his skill level or feel for the game is. I'm not any more impressed by him than I was after I saw a similar amount of footage of Steven Adams. He does look promising though and he's obviously a quick study. Him learning from Hakeem footage is a plus as well. I wonder how many young bigs actually study and learn from old footage like that? Usually they just try to pick up things from contemporary stars. I don't like his comments about trying to be a forward either, but that's typical of new gen bigs. Having said all that, he might not be the best C in the class yet, but he's most likely the best C prospect already. The 2013 class of C's is really weak.
I consider Cousins more of a PF type skillset(also I heavily look to defensive potential in center prospects as well as what offensive production they might have) I was talking about a pure center prospect. This kid already has great footwork and if he had a few more years to develop I think he could be scary right now.
What is a PF type skillset? A player's skillset is a player's skillset. Positions don't define what a player's skillset should be.
I wouldn't consider his footwork great, yet. I can't draw that conclusion off of highlight tapes, where the purpose of them is to make players look better than they really are. How many complete games have you seen him play?
http://www.ihoops.com/training-room/The-Ultimate-Guide-to-Playing-Power-Forward.htm There i sent you a link on the PF skillset. Positions are defined by what skillset you have why do we call people tweeners or pure or naturals at there position it's because there is a ideal skillset for each position and the better someone fits it the better they are at that position. I've seen him play twice and I wasn't saying that he is a world beater right now but both times I was impressed by his potential and did a little research and found out he wasn't playing for very long and was even more impressed. It's just my opinion that if he were playing here longer with his natural abilities scouts would be very high on this guy.
I subscribe to the notion that the position a player can guard is the position they play, which is why you have sub-categories or other labels for the same positions like a stretch 4, point forward, finesse 5, scoring point, defensive or shooting specialists at any position, etc. 'Sheed Wallace drifting out on the perimeter and launching 3's for those Piston teams wasn't any less of a PF than C-Webb. Ray Allen isn't any more of a SG than D-Wade. Steve Nash isn't any more of a PG than Derrick Rose. Cousins isn't any less of a C than Bynum. A player's skillset defines their role on the team, not their position. Their position doesn't and shouldn't determine their skillset either.
But back on topic, I just think Embiid is too raw to describe any of his skills as being "great."
Don't forget about UVA. They offered and he's shown some interest saying he wants to visit. He also said academics will play a huge factor and UVA is the 2nd best public school in the country. I hope he commits here, it would be a huge get for us.
This kid should realize that if he sticks to center and becomes unstoppable on the block he will still be considered a star. Nobody wants to play center and all of the young prospects want perimeter games. that means sticking to center and becoming a beast in the paint is really valuable now. All deandre jordan can do is dunk and defend and he is getting $10 million a year. If you are seven foot and develope a great post game, that is still valued. The NBA is moving to a faster paced game and a more perimeter oriented game. There arent too many players that dominate the paint anymore.
"WTF! I've been living in Africa my whole life when I could just come over here and get paid millions of dollars to play this hella easy game!!!"
Very intriguing prospect. Less intriguing is that America has to import centers....