Not many people would have guessed at the beginning of the season that Joel Embiid would be a top option for the No. 1 overall selection in June’s NBA draft. The freshman center is developing his offensive game while averaging over eight blocks per game and racking up 2.6 blocks per game. Is the potential No. 1 overall pick considering a return to the Kansas Jayhawks? It’s possible.
According to his Twitter account, the seven-footer isn’t opposed to the idea of coming back for his sophomore season to join 2014 top power forward, Cliff Alexander.
Alexander tweeted about the talented, shot-blocking specialist earlier on Tuesday, and this is he said:
Me & JoJo on the block? #unguardable
— Cliff Alexander (@humblekid11) March 10, 2014
Embiid responded with the a couple emoticons that didn’t dispute the claim that they would be unstoppable. While this seems like a harmless act of tweeting about a player, Alexander didn’t even tweet at Embiid, just called him “JoJo” in a tweet and Embiid couldn’t help but respond.
Alexander followed Embiid’s response with a “let’s do work big fella” tweet.
Sure, this is harmless tweeting between two basketball players — or is it between two future teammates? Alexander and Embiid would make one scary-dynamic duo that could possibly lead the Jayhawks to a title — and maybe even a repeat if they win in 2013-14.
I will say this, Kansas will be a very scary team if Embiid stays and Alexander lives up to the hype. It seems like Kansas is becoming the next destination for young NBA-caliber talent and Embiid might shake the one-and-done assumption.
He even told ESPN a month ago that he is seriously considering a return for his sophomore season and his recent injury might further that notion.
Time to wait and see.
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