The recruitment of Joel Embiid will move into a critical stage this weekend for the Marquette University men’s basketball coaching staff.
Embiid, a 6-foot-11, 230-pound power forward-center who is regarded as one of the best unsigned recruits, will make an official visit to Marquette.
It will be the fifth – and final – official visit for the native of Cameroon. He has already visited Kansas, Texas, Florida and Virginia.
Forward Luc Mbah a Moute of the Milwaukee Bucks, a fellow Cameroonian who has been assisting Embiid throughout the recruiting process, said Embiid isn’t leaning toward any school at this time.
“It’s really tight between those schools,’’ Mbah a Moute said.
Embiid is an intriguing prospect, considering he only started playing basketball less than two years ago. But he has made remarkable strides and Mbah a Moute believes Embiid will eventually become a top-flight college player.
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Mbah a Moute said he and Embiid will converse after the latter’s visit to Marquette and whittle his finalists.
“We’re going to narrow it down to three schools next week and, as the deadline on November 16 approaches, decide between the other two schools,’’ Mbah a Moute said.
Asked what will be the key factors in Embiid’s decision, Mbah a Moute said, “We’ll be looking for an opportunity to play a lot right away. He hasn’t played that long and needs to continue his development.
“And, of course, we’re going to look at academics and what these schools can offer him.’’
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— JaJuan Johnson, a 6-4 shooting guard from Southwind High School in Memphis, Tenn., will declare his college choice Friday.
Johnson, who is rated the 63rd best prospect in the country by Rivals.com, is apparently deciding between Marquette and Alabama.