thank you nbadraft.net (jojo embiid in lottery)
been saying for months now. embiid is gonna be lottery in 2014 based on potential and raw skill set, not based on production on a loaded kansas team...
As a Kansas fan, I'm very excited about the potential of Joel Embiid, but I'm going to be looking at him very closely this season. He's got the physical tools to have his way with the majority of college centers, but I'm curious to see at which rate he fouls and if he has any fundamentals in footwork. The fact that he can shoot a jumper is nice, but I pray to got a 15 footer is not his preferred shot ( a la Hassan Whiteside ).
I've got tickets to one of KU's exhibition games and I'm gonna get a really early look at the new class. I'm optimistic, but I don't think you can put the horse before the cart with Embiid. I honestly hope he stays two years, because Black will play a lot because of his experience. IF he is...say.... a 14/10/3 college center by his soph year he could be the 1st pick in 2015.
3 KU guys in the top 7. Rock chalk.
I bleed my school colors, but as I know our chances of winning are quite slim, will be cheering for Kansas this season. The Wiggins acquisition put me over the top. Also heard Selden looked quite strong at adidas Nations, along with Jon Rothstein's report that he has been KU's most consistent player.
Embiid has worlds of potential, just think that if he does much more than Steven Adams did his freshman season, I would be surprised. He will make an impact, his physical tools and athleticism alone will let him be a strong post presence. Just really hope he finds a way to stay in the post and does not try to stray from the basket for those long J's he so loved at the Hoop Summit.
Joel has the most upside of anyone besides possibly Wiggins, Parker and Randle, as far as names in the 2014 Draft. He definitely has a much higher upside than Willie Cauley-Stein in my mind, though Willie is much further ahead of the curve. Like Steven Adams though, I think Joel is tantalizing enough to be a lottery pick due to his colossal upside.
He moves incredibly well for a player his size and has some touch. His post game is virtually non-existent, but he has the look of someone that in due time could be a starting caliber center you would want at the NBA level. Just need patience, because it will likely take a few years time. If he gets contributions close to what Adams did at Pitt, would call that a success. Luckily Kansas has some wiggle room in the post and he probably will not see the 23.4 mpg that Adams got in his lone season.
Along with MikeyV, I will also be cheering for Kansas this year...Any team that might have the potential to stop the cheaters down in Lexington are on my good list
This will be an exciting year for Kansas basketball... My Jayhawks with a good chance to get payback on Kentucky, and then seeing the hometown WSU Shockers come off of a Final Four run.. They will both be fun teams to watch, for sure.