The Kansas Jayhawks announced that starting center Joel Embiid will miss the entire Big 12 tournament on Monday. Embiid already missed the final week of the season, and sat out the Feb 15. TCU game. The best remedy for his injury is rest and Kansas doesn't have time for that.
When it was announced that Joel Embiid would miss last week, many assumed it was just a precautionary measure to have him ready for postseason play. However, the diagnosis revealed more damage than originally reported.
The Los Angeles specialist he met with for a second opinion, confirmed a stress fracture in his back. According to CBS Sports, Bill Self stated that not only will Joel Embiid miss the Big 12 championship, but he will miss the first weekend of the NCAA tournament.
Still, the doctors are hopeful that he can recover enough to participate in the Sweet 16 if Kansas advances in the tournament.
This is a tough call for Embiid and Kansas to make. As a projected No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft, Embiid must be careful with his back injury. It’s not clear that he will declare for the draft, but he could hurt his prospects with a poor showing.
Joel Embiid averaged 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds in his freshman season. Tarik Black will be his likely replacement in the starting lineup for the Jayhawks.
It’s unclear if Kansas will drop a seed line due to the injury, but Kansas has a very important week to showcase their new lineup prior to selection Sunday.
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