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Joel Embiid      

NBA Philadelphia 76ers Professional Basketball Player

Joel Hans Embiid (joh-el em-beed; born 16 March 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After one year of college basketball at the University of Kansas, he was drafted with the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the 76ers, which made him the third Cameroonian-born NBA player after Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje and Luc Mbah a Moute, as well as being the highest selected player from Cameroon.

Embiid was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon, to military officer Thomas Embiid and his wife, Christine. He had originally planned on playing professional volleyball in Europe but started playing basketball at the age of fifteen, modeling his game after NBA Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon. Embiid was discovered at a basketball camp by Luc Mbah a Moute, a fellow native of Yaounde and an NBA player. With Mbah a Moute serving as mentor, Embiid moved to the United States at the age of sixteen to devote himself to becoming a professional basketball player.

Embiid enrolled at Montverde Academy, but transferred after his first year. Embiid then attended The Rock School, a Christian academy, in Gainesville, Florida. As a senior he led the team to a 33-4 record and state championship, by averaging 13.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.

He was a five-star recruit according to and committed to Kansas in November 2012.

Embiid attended the University of Kansas for one year. On 13 February 2014, he was named one of the 30 finalists for the Naismith College Player of the Year. In 2013–14, he played 28 games, averaging 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.6 blocks in 23.1 minutes per game.

On 11 March 2014, ESPN announced that Embiid was expected to miss the Big 12 tournament, and was "unlikely to play the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament" due to a stress fracture in his back.[10] Kansas lost in the third round of the tournament, before Embiid could return.

On 9 April 2014, Embiid declared for the 2014 NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility. On 20 June 2014, he underwent surgery on a broken navicular bone in his right foot, and was subsequently ruled out for four to six months. Six days later, he was selected with the third overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers.

On 26 August 2014, Embiid signed his rookie scale contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. He was later ruled unlikely to play at all in the 2014–15 season due to the broken navicular bone in his foot. After missing the entire 2014–15 season, it was announced on 13 June 2015 that Embiid had suffered a setback in his recovery after a CT scan revealed less healing than anticipated. It was later determined that Embiid's chances of playing in the 2015–16 season were slim following a second round of surgery on his right foot on August 18, 2015.


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