Top NBA Prospect Joel Embiid Injures Right Foot, ESPN Reports

Joel Embiid, considered a front-runner to be the top selection in the National Basketball Association draft a week from today, suffered a right foot injury, according to ESPN.

The injury occurred sometime over the past few days and the prognosis will become clearer tomorrow, ESPN reported on its website, citing Embiid’s agent, Arn Tellem. Another unidentified source told ESPN that Embiid “may have broken” the foot.

Several NBA draft projections placed the 7-foot center, a Cameroon native, as the No. 1 selection overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The other two players considered candidates for the top pick are forward Jabari Parker, who played one season at Duke, and shooting guard Andrew Wiggins, who like Embiid played a single season at Kansas.

Embiid missed the Big 12 tournament and the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament last season because of a back injury. He was scheduled to work out for the Milwaukee Bucks, who hold the No. 2 pick in the draft. Embiid worked out for the Cavaliers this month.

Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game at Kansas.

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