Embiid Hopes To Have Decision Soon

Class of 2013 big man Joel Embiid has been blown away by the number of schools interested in the services of the seven footer from The Rock School in Gainesville, FL.

Class of 2013 big man Joel Embiid has been blown away by the number of schools interested in the services of the seven footer from The Rock School in Gainesville, FL.

I recently caught up with Embiid's coach Justin Harden to learn more about the process, which could have an answer very soon.

Harden says Embiid has experienced a whirlwind over the past three months and many schools have courted him.

"It's been overwhelming, but Joel is excited because he's got a lot of great schools to choose from," Harden said.

Embiid is looking forward to winding down his recruitment and prepare for his upcoming basketball season and focus on success in the classroom.

Over the past several weeks, he's visited Kansas, Texas, Virginia, Florida. He will visit Marquette this upcoming weekend. Following that visit, Embiid hopes to have a decision and announce it the next couple of weeks.

Harden says Joel doesn't want to prolong it because, he's ready to move on and focus on being a better basketball player and student.

As for his Kansas recruitment, Joel hit it off instantly with assistant coach Norm Roberts, who's son was an AAU teammate of his. Roberts and head coach Bill Self have visited Joel and Harden came away impressed and was instantly a fan of Self.

"Joel loved talking to Bill Self," Harden said. "Bill is a really neat guy, down to earth and self assuming."

After several visits to Gainesville, Joel visited Lawrence a few weeks ago for Late Night in the Phog. The visit was a huge success.

"The visit was beneficial for both sides," Harden said. "Joel was enamored with Late Night and he loved the campus and atmosphere."

The visit wasn't all just pomp and circumstance. Joel had the opportunity to watch practice and talk with the coaches about it and how he could fit within the team's philosophy offensively and defenisvely. That, as much as anything has been a focus of his recruitment.

"Joel's taken a very steady approach to his recruitment," Harden said. "He wants to know what kind of system a school will run and how they develop big men."

It's no secret that Kansas has had a history of developing big men. One can just look to this year team and Jeff Withey's development to see it in action. That alone puts the Jayhawks in a great position to land a kid that is now projecting as a Top 20 guy.

As far as Joel himself, Harden feels he will fit in anywhere and that his personality is a strong attribute.

"Joel's just a laid back kid," Harden said. "He's soft spoken with everyone and some schools have had a difficulty getting a read. But, he's a great kid who wants to become a better player and a better student."


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