Joel Embiid

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Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid 2014.jpg
No. 21 – Philadelphia 76ers
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1994-03-16) 16 March 1994 (age 21)
Yaoundé, Cameroon
Nationality Cameroonian
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school The Rock School
(Gainesville, Florida)
College Kansas (2013–2014)
NBA draft 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Pro career 2014–present
Career history
2014–present Philadelphia 76ers
Career highlights and awards
  • Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2014)
  • Second-team All-Big 12 (2014)
  • Big 12 All-Defensive Team (2014)
  • Big 12 All-Newcomer Team (2014)

Joel-Hans Embiid (joh-EL EM-beed;[1] born 16 March 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 76ers drafted Embiid third overall in the 2014 NBA draft, making him the third Cameroonian-born NBA player after Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje and Luc Mbah a Moute.[2] He played college basketball at the University of Kansas.

High school career[edit]

Embiid was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon to a military officer.[2] Embiid originally planned on playing professional volleyball in Europe[3] but at the age of fifteen, Embiid started playing basketball for the first time, modelling his game after Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon.[2][3] Embiid was discovered at a basketball camp by Luc Mbah a Moute, a fellow native of Yaounde and a professional player that is currently a teammate of his with the Philadelphia 76ers.[3][4] With Mbah a Moute serving as a mentor, Embiid moved to the United States at the age of sixteen to devote himself to becoming a professional basketball player.[5]

Embiid enrolled at Montverde Academy, but transferred after his first year.[3] Embiid then attended The Rock School, a Christian academy, in Gainesville, Florida, and was a five-star recruit by[6][7] He committed to Kansas in November 2012.[5] Embiid has been compared to NBA greats such as Hakeem Olajuwon and Tim Duncan.[8]

College career[edit]

On 13 February 2014, Embiid was named one of the 30 finalists for the Naismith College Player of the Year.[9]

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. 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.[11]

NBA career[edit]

2014 NBA draft[edit]

On 9 April 2014, Embiid declared for the 2014 NBA draft, foregoing his final three years of college eligibility.[12] On 20 June 2014, Embiid underwent surgery on a broken navicular bone in his right foot and was subsequently ruled out for four to six months.[13] Six days later, he was selected with the third overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers.[14]

Philadelphia 76ers[edit]

On 26 August 2014, Embiid signed his rookie scale contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.[15][16] He was later ruled unlikely to play at all in the 2014–15 season due to the broken navicular bone in his foot.[17] 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.[18]


Embiid is the son of Thomas and Christine Embiid. His younger brother, Arthur, died on October 16, 2014 in Africa due to unknown circumstances.[19] He also has a younger sister named Muriel.[20]


  1. ^ "Game notes, KU Vs. Baylor 2014" (PDF). 
  2. ^ a b c Con, Jordan (27 June 2014). "Started From Yaoundé, Now He's Here". Grantland. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d DeCourcy, Mike (23 January 2014). "Joel Embiid's pursuit of hoops greatness not just a Dream". The Sporting News. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Report: Kansas basketball star Joel Embiid will enter NBA Draft
  5. ^ a b Telep, Dave (13 November 2012). "Kansas lands recruit Joel Embiid". ESPN (ESPN Internet Ventures). Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "KU's Embiid grows as a basketball player". 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Embiid's potential has KU fans dreaming
  9. ^ "2013–14 Men's Naismith Trophy Midseason 30". Naismith Awards. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  10. ^ Goodman, Jeff (11 March 2014). "Joel Embiid out indefinitely". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Joel Embiid Stats". Sports-reference. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Golliver, Ben (9 April 2014). "Kansas’ Joel Embiid declares for 2014 NBA draft". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  13. ^ Amico, Sam (21 June 2014). "No. 1 question: How far will Joel Embiid fall?". Fox Sports Ohio. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Sixers draft Joel Embiid at No. 3". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  15. ^ Joel Embiid Signs Rookie Deal With 76ers
  16. ^ Sixers Sign Joel Embiid
  17. ^ 76ers Unsure If Joel Embiid Will Play At All This Season
  18. ^ "Statement from Sixers GM Sam Hinkie". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  19. ^ Associated Press (October 16, 2014). "Joel Embiid's brother dies in Africa". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Joel Embiid - 2013-14 Men's Basketball". University of Kansas Athletics. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 

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