Experts: Debating the Big Board
Insider's 5-on-5 panel examines Embiid's draft status, Ennis' skills, and more
Welcome to the latest edition of 5-on-5, where our rotating panel of Insider experts debates the 2014 NBA draft.
Following Chad Ford's recent Big Board update and the ever-changing college basketball landscape as we get closer to March, we figured it was a good time for our panel (minus Chad) to examine a handful of key questions surrounding pivotal players and topics.
In this edition of 5-on-5, our experts debate what Kansas center Joel Embiid has to gain by potentially returning for his sophomore year, who would be the front-runner for the No. 1 pick if Embiid returned to KU, Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis's most appealing NBA attribute, which Big Board player is being lost in all of the freshman hype, and how far Florida forward Chris Walker can climb on the Board.
1. What would Joel Embiid gain if he returns to Kansas next season?
Jeff Goodman: Even though I wouldn't recommend the 7-footer remain in school for another season, there are certainly advantages to Embiid playing another year in college. He can get stronger, for one. He's picked up things quickly, but he's still a relative newcomer to the game. He would also be more prepared to make an impact in the NBA with another year under his belt, rather than going into the pros and potentially having his confidence shaken.