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It is uncommon for somebody with Joel Embiid‘s expertise to need to stick round for an additional yr of school basketball, as an alternative of heading on to the NBA after one yr. However that is precisely what the 7-footer needed to do.

Again at Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse with the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, Embiid revealed he hwanted to return for his sophomore yr on the college, however was seemingly inspired not to take action.

“It is humorous. I do not assume anyone is aware of this story, however I truly determined to remain as a result of I liked this place a lot. However I used to be sort of pushed away,” stated Embiid, in response to USA Right now’s Andrew Joseph.

In his one and solely yr with the Jayhawks, Embiid averaged eleven.2 factors, eight.1 rebounds, and a couple of.6 blocks on sixty two.6 % capturing. He was additionally named Massive 12 Defensive Participant of the Yr, in addition to a member of each the Huge 12 All-Defensive Workforce, and All-Massive 12 Second group.

Embiid wound up lacking the Huge 12 event, although, resulting from a stress fracture in his again. He was additionally unavailable for the NCAA event, with Kansas falling within the Spherical of 32 to Stanford with out him.

Chosen third general by Philadelphia within the 2014 draft, Embiid would not take the ground within the common season till Oct. 26, 2016, after present process a number of surgical procedures on his proper foot.

The now 23-yr-previous just lately signed a 5-yr contract extension value a reported $148 million with the Sixers.