Embiid's game is all grown up 

October, 2, 2012
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Center Joel Embiid (Cameroon/The Rock) lost the final game of his junior season as his Montverde squad gave up 47 points in the final quarter and overtime in a heartbreaking loss to Findlay Prep at the National High School Invitational. Embiid, just months into his high school career, came off the bench and was tasked with slowing down the Brandon Ashley freight train. He couldn’t as Ashley scored 25 points in the second half and fouled Embiid out of the game in what seemed like only a few possessions.

Montverde coach Kevin Boyle kept saying before the NHSI that Embiid was going to be good. However, at the time, the 6-foot-10 center appeared overmatched by Prep’s frontcourt.

“Against Findlay, Brandon Ashley was good,” Embiid said. “But if I played a game against him now, I would beat him. I was new. I didn’t know how to guard the post. Now, I can guard centers or power forward.”

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