Why Joel Embiid's possible return to Kansas is a good thing for College Basketball and the NBA

2/7/14 in NCAABB   |   puccio86   |   19 respect

Joel Embiid has recently stated that he is open to the return of Kansas for his sophomore season.  Joel has been one of best players in college ball so far this season and he's only getting better with each and every game.  There has been a lot of talk about the Cameroonian becoming the number one overall pick in this years NBA Draft.  Prior to the season the talk had been about his own teammate Andrew Wiggins becoming the number one pick and Duke star Jabari Parker.  Even though Joel has been playing organized basketball since he was just 16 he has shown that he can thrive on the big stage.

But maybe staying an extra year is a good decision for Joel.  Think about it for a second, he's still a teenager and traditionally big men take more time to develop.  Take Joakim Noah of the Bulls for instance, he was considered to be a bust early in his career due to a lack of production on both ends of the floor.  But over time he has proven to be an All-Star and one of the best centers in the league.  Just think of what could happen to Joel at his age with all those physical beasts in the NBA.  

There is a good list of NBA big men that stayed in college for more than one year and the list follows:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kevin Mchale, Bill Walton, Robert Parish, Shaqille O'neal, Tim Duncan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and David Robinson. Yea go ahead and look them up they all went for more than one year to college and it benefitted them all.  Yes I know there has been some big guys coming out early or even high school that had benefitted from it like Kevin Garnett, Tyson Chandler, Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum and Anthony Davis to name a few. 

Either option is okay with me due to Joel's superstar potential and those players I listed that left early were just like him and they turned out ok.  But the only concerning thing would be him playing since he was only 16.  Besides he can still gain an education over at Kansas and progress as a student of basketball and in the class room.  If I were Joel I would keep my options open and try to progress as much as I can.  Because one extra year wouldn't hurt him at all due to his experience. 
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