ESPN - Kansas Jayhawks freshman big man Joel Embiid is out for the Big 12 tournament and will likely miss the first weekend of the NCAA tournament.
The 7-foot Cameroon native went to Los Angeles for a second opinion on his ailing back on Monday. Jayhawks coach Bill Self told ESPN.com earlier in the day he was confident that Embiid would play in the NCAA tourney, and thought there was a chance he could play in the Big 12 tournament.
However, after Embiid met with a spinal specialist, the initial stress fracture prognosis was confirmed and he was ruled out of the Big 12 tourney and is unlikely to play the first weekend of the NCAA tournament.
A specialist confirmed Joel Embiid’s initial stress fracture prognosis. He was ruled out of the Big 12 tourney and is unlikely to play the first weekend of the NCAA tournament.
“Based on that, this weekend (in the Big 12 Championship) is out,” Self said in a statement. “Next weekend, we feel like is a longshot, but the doctors are hopeful that if Joel works hard in rehab and progresses that it is possible that he could play in the later rounds of the NCAA Tournament if our team is fortunate enough to advance.”
Joel Embiid. Is he even good?
Oh. Well whatever, this is college basketball. Every team has to deal with losing their starting center and projected #1 pick in the NBA draft right before conference tournament play and a run to the national championship at some point in the season. Time for Bill Self to actually earn that paycheck.
PS – Who was the last center drafted #1 overall with some nagging injury concerns? Can’t remember but he worked out in the NBA right?