Embiid's Kansas squad is still finding their way as a team, having lost three of their last five games, but still have plenty of time to come together with a challenging schedule in front of them the next three months.
Playing on some of the biggest platforms of college basketball thus far has given us ample opportunity to evaluate Embiid's very distinct strengths and weaknesses as a prospect, which we've done in the following video scouting report courtesy of Mike Schmitz.
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Nike Hoop Summit Scouting Reports: Big Men April 26, 2013 Matt Kamalsky
Hampered by back spasms throughout the week, Joel Embiid (#28 ESPN, #61 Scout, #25 Rivals, #31 24/7) still managed to put together a nice showing in Portland. Invited to the Hoop Summit after a strong showing at the Jordan Brand Classic, the 7-foot center has only been playing the game for a few years, and while he remains raw, his upside is obvious.
Standing out at first glance with his 240 pound frame and 7'5 wingspan, Embiid looks the part of a NBA center. Very new to the game of basketball, the Kansas commit has a limited feel for how to make his presence felt consistently, and doesn't always know his limitations, but flashed some intriguing tools on both ends of the floor, even though he wasn't at 100%. Knocking down a 20-foot jump shot, making a nifty move to score a left handed hook shot in the post, and putting in some impressive efforts on the offensive glass, Embiid has some unique skills for a player only beginning to pick up the nuances of the game.
On the defensive end, Embiid is a talented shot-blocker who has the tools to become an excellent defender on the ball and rotating over from the weak-side down the road. The Basketball Without Borders product is a bit foul prone and could stand to be more aggressive pursuing the ball off the rim, but his timing was impeccable at certain moments in practice.
Noted for developing big men, the Kansas staff landed an ideal long-term project in Embiid. If he can get stronger and continue developing as an interior scorer, rebounder, and defender, it would not be surprising to see Embiid emerge as an extremely interesting NBA prospect down the road and a valuable contributor for the Jayhawks as they look to replace Jeff Withey. [Read Full Article] 2013 Nike Hoop Summit Practice Drill Videos April 24, 2013