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7-footer from Cameroon splashes on recruiting scene

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08:18 AM ET 08.03 | What a difference two years makes. Eighteen months ago, Joel Embiid had never played basketball. He was in his native Cameroon, and despite standing over 7-feet tall, Embiid and basketball were never a match. Fast-forward to this summer, and Embiid has emerged as one of the most talked-about big men on the recruiting landscape. "He's got untapped potential, when he figures it all out," one Division I assistant coach said. "In two years, he's going to be really good for somebody." He's 7-1, knows how to run the floor and is already effective on the defensive end. Embiid's offensive game isn't there yet, but his ceiling is what has colleges intrigued. "He's a high-major kid," said an assistant coach who has watched Embiid multiple times.

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August 3, 2012  08:28 AM ET

Kentucky lock.

August 3, 2012  08:32 AM ET

I heard Saban is trying to convert him to a tight end!

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August 3, 2012  08:37 AM ET

Thad matta has him on speed dial.

August 3, 2012  08:39 AM ET

But can he catch it over the middle?

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August 3, 2012  08:57 AM ET
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Or the Baylors women's team could get him.

ROFLMAO...nah, his voice isn't deep enough!

August 3, 2012  09:07 AM ET

If he wants to play for the best coach, he should go to MSU. Izzo will help him reach his potential.

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August 3, 2012  10:03 AM ET
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ROFLMAO...nah, his voice isn't deep enough!

That is the truth... may not have enough testosterone to play for that team :-)

August 3, 2012  10:12 AM ET
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I see UCONN or Georgetown getting this kid.

Agreed he needs to go to a program where they actually have coaches on hand to develop players over a 2 to 3 year period.

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August 3, 2012  11:02 AM ET

This is proof that being a physical mutant is a prereq to playing big-time basketball.

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August 3, 2012  11:55 AM ET
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Hey, if you are over seven feet you can be anything you so desire.

a jockey?

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August 3, 2012  12:11 PM ET
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a jockey?

ROFLMAO...just see his knees sticking up above his head about a foot. Would look like rabbit ears.

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