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"Just listening to him now," his father said, "I’m thinking about when he was that little bitty kid that was dirty, and not listening, and now? He’s a young man that I think gets it. I think he’s going to do very well."
He’s also made it through his freshman season healthy. Unlike Embiid, Wiggins never had to deal with any nagging injuries, and his mother said that factored into his decision.
"The best thing is he’s not injured. He’s able to go ahead and complete part of his goals," she said. "Every day is a new day. He has no injuries and he’s ready to go."
Self said Embiid is still wrestling with his stay-or-go decision.
The 7-footer from Cameroon was waylaid late in the season by a stress fracture in his back, and that could factor into Embiid’s draft status, along with the fact that he’s only been playing basketball for a few years.
Embiid slipped out of the room immediately after Wiggins had finished speaking Monday, but Self told a few reporters that he had not made his decision, despite a report last week that said Embiid would enter the draft.
"That doesn’t mean he couldn’t still do that, but that was gun-jumping," Self said. "It certainly upset him, because somebody that was a source obviously didn’t have good information."
Self doesn’t expect Embiid to make his intentions known anytime soon.
"The decision he needs to make is what’s best for him," Self said, "whether to stay another year or to go, and I could see him do either one of them. And I think you could make a case that either one would be a good decision. He’s not quite like Andrew who’s been playing the game his whole life. He’s only been playing three years. He’s still trying to figure it out."
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