Cooper Neill/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Joel Embiid, former Kansas star and projected No. 1 pick in next week’s NBA Draft had two screws put in his foot on Friday and will need four to six months to recover, ESPN.com reports.
Embiid’s agent, Arn Tellem said on Thursday that the former Jayhawk will not be in attendance at the draft.
“Two screws were inserted into the navicular bone in Joel Embiid’s right foot,” Dr. Richard Ferkel said in the statement released by Tellem. “The surgery went very well and I’m confident that after appropriate healing he will be able to return to NBA Basketball. Joel tolerated the surgery without difficulty and will begin his rehabilitation in the near future.”
Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks this past season, but missed the Big 12 and NCAA tournament with a back injury.
Embiid’s 72 blocks were a freshman record for Kansas as the 7’0″ center was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
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