Joel Embiid

Kansas center Joel Embiid considering staying at Kansas for sophomore season


There ought to be plenty of talent in the green room at this June’s NBA draft. Although a consensus top-3 pick, maybe the No. 1 overall pick, is exploring the idea of returning for his sophomore season.

ESPN Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman  spoke with Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid before and after No. 8 Kansas’ 69-52 win over Baylor on Tuesday night. Before the game Embiid told Goodman he wasn’t sure if he was ready to declare for the NBA. Following the win he said it all depends on his development for the remainder of the season. Embiid, the Cameroon native who has only played three years of organized basketball, has rapidly improved in his short time in Lawrence.

Not only is he averaging 11.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game, but he has also dethroned teammate Andrew Wiggins as the projected top overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft according to

“I’m not even thinking about it right now,” Embiid told Goodman. “I’ll make a decision after the season, but I’m definitely considering coming back to school.”

It’s tough to truly know if Embiid is actually considering returning for another season. Kansas is playing great basketball as of late, and is a trendy pick to make it back to the Final Four this month. Would it really be best move for Embiid to announce his plans to bolt after this season, in February, with his team contending for a national title?

He’s going to be a top-3 pick, could very well be the top pick giving his potential impact. If he returns there is always the possibility of an injury, which will likely drop you stocks, a move that will cost you millions.

Maybe he is honestly considering returning. Again there’s no real way of knowing. Remember he is three years into organized basketball, and Kansas head coach Bill Self has seen his big men in the past improve over the years.

It’s a fair question, and Embiid answered it in the best answer possible. There’s just no way of knowing if he’s actually open to returning to KU, or if he’s already made up his mind and declare this spring.

VIDEO: Utah Valley’s Mark Pope dances, lip syncs with daughters

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New Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope made quite an impression on fans at the team’s Midnight Madness celebration last night. That’s because Pope did a dance and lip sync routine with his four daughters that turned out to be pretty impressive.

The former BYU assistant looks to be the leader in the clubhouse for best coach dance so far this preseason. We’ll see if any other coaches pull out elaborate routines at madness celebrations the next few weeks.

UConn commit tears ACL for second time

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UConn commit Juwan Durham, a four-star big man in the Class of 2016, has torn the ACL in his right knee for the second time in seven months. The Florida native committed to the Huskies and head coach Kevin Ollie back in September. The 6-foot-9 forward is regarded as the No. 31 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016, so he can really be a force when he’s healthy.

In a report from’s Bob Putnam, UConn was notified of the injury immediately and there is no change in plans with the commitment. The Huskies also own commitments from four-star point guard Alterique Gilbert and three-star power forward Mamadou Diarra in the Class of 2016. Having Diarra, an active, rim-protecting presence, helps with Durham’s recovery, since he can provide some more front court depth.

If Durham rehabs back to full speed, UConn has a very talented power forward who was just hitting his stride in the Florida state playoffs last February. UConn has a nice class so far with this group, especially if Durham can recover, With a year to recover until next season, Durham can hopefully play during his freshman season in 2016.