LAWRENCE, Kan., Feb. 5 (UPI) -- The projected No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA draft said that he might be returning to school for his sophomore campaign.
University of Kansas 7-footer Joel Embiid told ESPN that he is "strongly considering" staying in school. "I'm not even thinking about it right now," Embiid said. "I'll make a decision after the season, but I'm definitely considering coming back to school."
In Tuesday's 69-52 win at Baylor, the Cameroon native went 1-for-6 from the field and finished with five points and seven rebounds. Embiid entered the game averaging 11.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game despite the fact that he’s only been playing organized basketball for three years.
"He's a bright young man and he's going to weigh his options," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "He's considering coming back and he's obviously also considering leaving. He can't make a bad decision."
Before the season began, Embiid’s teammate Andrew Wiggins was projected as the consensus top pick, but Embiid has surpassed him in the eyes of many NBA scouts.
Embiid and teammate Naadir Tharpe were awarded Big 12 honors just last month.