If University of Kansas basketball coach Bill Self needed any more firepower to recruit the best basketball players in the country, he got it last Thursday night. Andrew Wiggins, the top college basketball recruit in the country just a year ago, became the world's top NBA prospect Thursday night. The former Jayhawk was picked number one overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA draft, just a few months after completing his first and only season with KU. 'It doesn't even feel real right now,' Wiggins said before making a pitch to NBA phenom LeBron James to join him in Cleveland. James will become a free agent soon and some speculate that he will join his former team.
Joel Embiid, a seven foot athletic big man for the Jayhawks last year, was taken third overall by the Philadelphia 76ers despite having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot less than a week before the draft. Some thought Embiid would drop from the number one pick to number 10 as a result of a broken foot. Many big men are plagued with foot injuries resulting in their stock dropping and eventually early exits from the league. The 76ers apparently feel otherwise. Embiid who averaged just over 11 points, eight rebounds and blocked 72 shots last year with the Jayhawk could miss up to six months or more with the injury. It's clear the team is excited and willing to wait. 'Welcome to Philadelphia Joel,' 76ers' CEO Scott O'Niel tweeted last night.
The Jayhawks may have yet another big man in the NBA before all is said and done. Tarik Black, a transfer from Memphis, has confirmed he will be playing for the Houston Rockets in the Orlando and Las Vegas summer leagues.