Tuesday’s box score
No. 8 Kansas 69, Baylor 52
Embiid ‘not thinking’ about NBA
It’s no secret that Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid could be a lottery pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. It’s also no secret that many people have asked him about the decision during his meteoric rise this season. But when ESPN sideline reporter Jeff Goodman said during Tuesday’s game that Embiid told him he was strongly considering returning to school for his sophomore year, it started a minor storm on Twitter during the game.
Embiid, who had five points and seven rebounds, clarified his view on the NBA after the game.
"Physically, mentally, if I feel like I'm ready, I'm going to leave,” Embiid said. “But right now, I'm not really thinking about that. So I’m just thinking about winning the Big 12 and winning the national championship.”
KU coach Bill Self says the notion that Embiid will consider both options is not new.
“There’s always a chance that somebody could come back,” Self said. “But I will say this, Joel will not make his decision based on the money.”
Instead, Self said, he’ll make his decision based on what’s best for him.
Embiid added that he has not been bothered by his recent knee sprain.
KU senior forward Tarik Black had six points and nine rebounds while playing 23 minutes off the bench. Sophomore forward Perry Ellis also added a double-double after a hot start.