From Cameroon to Kansas: The 'Lawrence' Colorway Underscores Joel’s Pivotal Time in the Midwest

So, it’s no surprise that his signature shoe’s next colorway is the UA Embiid One Lawrence, the namesake of where he found early success. 


Joel Embiid was discovered in Cameroon.


He trained in Monteverde. 


But, he came into his own in Kansas. 


When Joel arrived in the midwest, he anticipated a redshirt Freshman season. Fresh off an impressive high school career, he was still learning and growing. But, he became an early starter, one who would go on to average 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks and receive nods as a Naismith College Player of the Year finalist and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. 


While short, his time in Lawrence, KS was clearly a pivotal phase in Joel’s process. In one season, he proved himself a force across all phases, helping lead his team to the NCAA Tournament and breaking some individual school records along the way. 


"My time in Kansas is a huge piece of who I am today. This new colorway is inspired by that experience and the confidence that I found there."

Joel Embiid

The latest colorway is a vibrant tribute to this significant chapter of Joel's story. Its light-weight mesh upper and outsole pop with crimson and blue. The shoe’s tongue and heel tab also stand out, highlighted in the iconic blue. The latter includes a 21, Joel’s collegiate number. 


More about the UA Embiid One Lawrence 

The UA Embiid One Lawrence colorway supports all five positions on the court. It leverages proprietary UA HOVR™ and Micro G® cushioning technologies in the midsole to offer both support and flexibility. The gray, specially designed TPU support wings offer additional midfoot stability. 


The UA Embiid One Lawrence colorway will release in North America for $120 USD adult and $90 USD grade school via UA.com, UA Brand Houses, and Eastbay.com on October 23.