Kansas center Joel Embiid announced Wednesday that he will enter the NBA Draft.
Accompanied by his coach at Kansas, Bill Self, the 20-year-old Cameroonian said at a press conference that he thought long and hard about the decision but ultimately decided to make the jump.
Yahoo Sports reported in late March that Embiid had decided to enter the draft, which will be held June 26 in New York City.
Despite a back injury that forced him to miss Kansas' final six games, Embiid -- who has been compared to Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon -- is projected to be a top-three pick. The 7-footer averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 23.1 minutes a game for the Jayhawks this season. BUKOWSKI: Embiid's upside gives him a shot at No. 1 pick