NBA draft hopeful Joel Embiid undergoes foot surgery

By Kyle Johnson,

Joel Embiid, who could be still be a high lottery pick, underwent successful foot surgery on Friday for a stress fracture at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute.

Dr. Richard Ferkel said that the Kansas star had two screws "inserted into the navicular bone," reports ESPN. "The surgery went very well and I'm confident that after appropriate healing he will be able to return to NBA Basketball."

While Embiid was pegged early on to be a high pick in the upcoming draft, there are now worries about his back and his foot, something that will keep him from attending next Thursday's draft in person. He isn't able to fly for at least 10 days following the surgery, his agent Arn Tellem said.

With Embiid likely to fall from the top three spots, LA Daily News reports that the Lakers would be interested in possibly snagging him should he fall to the seventh spot.

Should he fall that fall, Tellem would surely be happy as he noted that if he can't be the top pick, the Lakers or Boston Celtics should select him.

Earlier this week, it was revealed, that Embiid suffered the injury at some point during the week, according to Tellem. The agent said that the young basketball player would not be working out for any other teams ahead of the draft.

During his only year at Kansas, the big man averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks, but sat out the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments because of back problems.

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