A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid potentially returning to college next season. This is usually just speculation and the kid ends up entering the draft just like we planned. But Embiid just keeps bringing it up and this is starting to get pretty real.
Embiid admires Tim Duncan, David Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal and all the Georgetown centers over the years. One thing they all have in common is that they stayed in school for a few years.
Here is another report from ESPN in which Embiid discusses remaining at Kansas:
"I'm not even thinking about it right now," Embiid said. "I'll make a decision after the season, but I'm definitely considering coming back to school."
"He's a bright young man and he's going to weigh his options," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "He's considering coming back and he's obviously also considering leaving. He can't make a bad decision."
When I first addressed this I said there is most likely nothing to see here. I still feel that way about Parker. . . Embiid is being honest here though, which means there is a real chance he plays a sophomore year at Kansas.
If Embiid does stay at Kansas it will effect the Celtics in one way or another. Boston will either miss the opportunity to select him at the top of the draft, or there will be a domino effect and potentially have to select a less favorable player with a later pick.
Either way, lets just hope Embiid finishes the season strong and feels ready when it comes time for him to declare.
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