One of the initial standouts at Luc Mbah a Moute’s annual basketball camp in Cameroon is headed to one of the biggest college hoops programs in the nation.
Seven-footer Joel Embiid, who participated in the Luc Mbah a Moute Basketball Camp in Cameroon just two years ago at the age of 16, signed on Thursday to play college ball at the University of Kansas. After announcing his intention, Embiid thanked Luc for helping him gain more info about the program through contact with NBA players.
« When I was visiting schools I wanted to go and see what they got, » Embiid said. « After my visit I knew that Kansas was good. Luc talked to some people in the NBA and they said that the player development was good at Kansas. »
When Embiid attended the camp in 2010, Luc saw potential in him immediately. After the big man starred there and as a representative of Cameroon at the Basketball Without Borders camp, he earned a scholarship to play high school basketball at a private school in the United States.
Upon moving to the U.S. last year Embiid played at Luc’s alma-mater, Montverde Academy. He transferred this summer from Montverde to The Rock School in Gainesville and has been impressing scouts in early season play. Kansas coach Bill Self lauded Embiid’s potential in a release from the school.
“He, in my opinion, has a chance to be as good as any big guy we’ve recruited. He’s long, has touch. He is literally just getting started. His potential is untapped. I think he’s just now starting to figure it out and get confidence. The way we play, we can move him around and he made me a much better coach when he put his name on the dotted line.”
- Joel Embiid, Brannen Greene officially sign with KU basketball (KU Sports, November 15, 2012)
- Kansas lands recruit Joel Embiid (ESPN, November 13, 2012)
- Cameroon center Joel Embiid to play basketball at KU (Lawrence Journal, November 13, 2012)
- Kansas Men’s Basketball Inks Two More (WIBW, November 15, 2012)