Kansas center Joel Embiid took part in an NBA Draft Workout on Friday and, by two accounts, fared exceptionally well. The seven-footer missed the Big 12 and NCAA Tournaments due to a back injury, and concerns regarding his back increased when he elected to skip the NBA Draft Combine.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, it's "impossible to imagine passing on [Embiid] at No. 1" after watching the workout, which "league executives also attended, live. Meanwhile, ESPN Insider analyst Chad Ford offered a positive assessment of his own.
"Added muscle, still has quick feet & a beautiful jumper," Ford wrote. "No evidence of back issues." Ford also reports that Embiid told him "his back is 100 percent."