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Sunday, March 23, 2014
Joel Embiid: No decision on NBA yet

By Jeff Goodman
ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- While fellow freshman Andrew Wiggins will leave after the season, Kansas teammate Joel Embiid told ESPN that he will talk to the Jayhawks coaching staff and also his mentor, fellow Cameroon native and NBA player Luc Mbah a Moute, before making a final decision concerning his NBA future.

Embiid said he's not yet thinking about the decision just moments after watching the Jayhawks get knocked out of the NCAA tournament with a loss to Stanford in the round of 32.

"I'm not worried about that right now," Embiid said.

Embiid sat out the end of the regular season and missed the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments with a nagging back injury. He said he could have played on Sunday against the Cardinal, but that the doctors and Kansas staff wanted him to rest until the Sweet 16.

"I would have played in the Sweet 16," he said after the loss. "Definitely. ... I could have played today."

"It was pretty hard watching them lose," he added. "I felt like I could have helped, but it is what it is."

Embiid was considered the frontrunner to be taken No. 1 overall in June's NBA draft prior to the back injury. According to multiple NBA executives, Embiid's draft stock will likely be determined by the medical evaluations on his back. However, it's unlikely he'd drop out of the top three picks -- unless the tests come back with alarming news.