NBA fans are very aware of the awe-inspiring athleticism and raw potential of Kansas wing Andrew Wiggins, but it's Jawhawks center Joel Embiid who's climbing up draft boards, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN Insider. Goodman writes that he began wondering in the first half against Colorado whether the 7' Cameroon native is a potential No. 1 overall pick. NBA scouts, he writes, were wondering the same thing.

"If he ain’t the first pick, he’s the second," one high-ranking NBA executive in attendance told me.
Embiid finished the game against Colorado with 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and a block off the bench. Through eight games, Embiid is earning just 18.9 minutes per game, but he's producing at such an incredible rate in those limited minutes that he has NBA draft writers, like Goodman and Chad Ford, drooling.

Per 40 minutes, according to Basketball-Reference, Embiid is averaging 19.6 points, 14 rebounds and 4.5 blocks on 65.9 percent shooting from the floor. He possesses a rare combination of post moves, size and skill and he's still very new to the sport of basketball.

But he's also averaging 7.7 fouls per 40 minutes. That, of course, is 2.7 more than college basketball rules allow and nearly two more than what is allowed in the NBA. Some scouts told Goodman that Embiid isn't quite ready yet for the No. 1 spot.