Joel Embiid played center for Kansas’s basketball team. His impressive stats had him standing at the front of the NBA draft line. But now he has fractured his right foot, which may negatively impact if/when he is selected by a professional team.
Read more from The New York Times:
Kansas center Joel Embiid is scheduled to have surgery Friday to repair a stress fracture in his right foot, a stunning development that could affect the top choices in next week’s N.B.A. draft.
Embiid, one of the top three candidates the Cleveland Cavaliers were considering for the No. 1 overall pick, fractured the navicular bone in his right foot, his agent, Arn Tellem, said Thursday. Embiid will be unable to participate in any additional workouts and will not attend the draft in New York.
Before the injury, Embiid, a versatile 7-footer, was widely considered to be the front-runner to be taken by the Cavaliers. He had a jaw-dropping freshman season with the Jayhawks, averaging 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds while blocking 72 shots to earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors. Continue reading…