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Joel Embiid to Kansas; Bell to Oregon

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Joel Embiid, a 7-foot, 220-pound senior center from the Rock School in Gainesville, Fla., is headed to Kansas.

“Proud to be a jayhawk,” he Tweeted Tuesday.

He added by text: “Great school for big guys, development. I like the players, coaching staff, facilities [and] academics.”

He chose the Jayhawks over Florida and Texas.

“He chose KU over the others because it was in his gut and he believes that they have the ability to prepare him for the NBA,” his coach, Justin Harden, told

A native of Cameroon, Embiid is unranked by the major recruiting services because he has only played organized ball for a short time.

“His upside is limitless depending on his work ethic,” Harden said. “He has great fundamentals for having only played for two years.”

Embiid joins a Kansas class that includes guards Frank Mason and Conner Frankamp and wings Wayne Selden and Brannen Greene.


Jordan Bell, a  6-foot-7 center at Long Beach Poly, pledged to Oregon over Auburn and UConn.

“Just’ everything. Coaching staff, players, weather, people that supported the basketball team,” he said by text by way of explanation for his choice. “Style of play.”

Bell is known for his rebounding and shot-blocking.

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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.