The brilliant social media antics of Philadelphia 76ers rookie Joel Embiid have made it easy to forget that he’s arguably the top talent of a loaded 2014 draft class. The two-way dominance Embiid flashed in his lone season at Kansas suggested far bigger things to come given his limited hoops background – the Yaounde, Cameroon native only began playing basketball at age 15. Just as tantalizing? Embiid was clearly still growing into his body during his freshman year in Lawrence, a reality driven home by photos he posted on Twitter earlier today and the Sixers’ #TransformationTuesday story.
This is Embiid at Basketball Without Borders as a lithe 17 year-old:
— Joel-Hans Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) August 5, 2014
Here’s a side-by-side shot of how he used to look and what he looks like today:
Even more telling of Embiid’s wholesale maturation? His highschool highlight tape from fall 2012 compared to his pre-draft workout video released in May.
That’s Embiid wreaking havoc in summer 2012. Here he is exhibiting skill and footwork that bely his experience just two years later:
Just imagine how much bigger and better Embiid will be two years from today as his body and game continue to grow. Scary.
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