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STATUS:  Out   INJURY:  Back    EST. RETURN:  5/1/2014

March 27, 2014    Joel Embiid News

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Embiid (back) will forgo his final three seasons of eligibility and enter the 2014 NBA Draft, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Though Embiid saw his season come to an end prematurely due to a nagging back injury, he showed enough potential as a freshman to conceivably become the top overall selection in the draft. He averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in just over 23 minutes of action per game for the Jayhawks, yielding comparisons with a young Hakeem Olajuwon along the way.

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Joel Embiid: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

March 22, 2014

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Embiid continues to nurse a back injury and will not play against Stanford in the NCAA tournament Round of 32 on Sunday, reports.

Head coach Bill Self said that Embiid should be considered questionable for a Sweet 16 game, if Kansas can beat Stanford.

March 10, 2014

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Embiid has been ruled out of the Big 12 tournament with a stress fracture in his back, the school's official athletics site reports.

Head coach Bill Self had previously stated that Embiid would play in the postseason, but it appears he won't play until at least the Sweet 16, if Kansas can make it that far. The freshman center, who is widely believed to be a strong candidate for the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, has not played since March 1.

March 10, 2014

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Despite visiting a back specialist in Los Angeles on Monday, head coach Bill Self said he is "100 percent confident" that Embiid will play in the postseason, reports.

Embiid initially hurt his back on Feb. 15 in a game against TCU, then aggravated it March 1 against Oklahoma State. He has not played since then, although Self has always said Embiid would play in the NCAA Tournament, if not the Big 12 Tournament as well. The freshman center is averaging 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.6 blocked shots per game, and could very well be the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA Draft.

March 3, 2014

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Embiid will sit out Kansas' final two regular season games due to a back injury, ESPN reports. Kansas plays Texas Tech on Wednesday before the season-finale at West Virginia on Saturday. "I think he could return for the Big 12 tournament," head coach Bill Self said. "But it shouldn't impact the NCAA tournament."

Embiid is averaging 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots per game for the Jayhawks this season and is widely expected to be a top pick in June's NBA Draft, along with teammate Andrew Wiggins.

February 19, 2014

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Ebmiid (back) returned to the starting line up Tuesday vs. Texas Tech.

His return was impressive as he scored an efficient 18 points to go with eight assists as his Jayhawks snuck by Texas Tech. He played 32 minutes this game, which is well above his season average. All things considered, Embiid looked to be back to full strength, which is great news for Kansas as they continue to push through a rigorous Big Twelve schedule.

February 16, 2014

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Embiid (back) is expected to play Tuesday versus Texas Tech, ESPN reports.

Embiid sat out Saturday's blowout win over TCU to rest lingering knee and back ailments, but should be ready to play in Kansas' next game on Tuesday. The seven-footer is currently averaging 10.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game despite being banged-up of late. Should Embiid return to the starting lineup, expect teammate Tarik Black to be relegated back to a reserve role.

February 15, 2014

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Embiid (back) did not practice Friday and will not play Saturday against TCU, reports. Head coach Bill Self said they team is "hoping he'll be able to practice by Sunday."

Embiid has battled knee and back injuries over the past few weeks, and was limited to just 21 minutes during Kansas' loss at Kansas State last Monday. The seven-foot freshman reportedly suited up for practice each day this week, but was unable to participate. Self has not announced who will start in Embiid's place Saturday, although Tarik Black has seen an increase in his minutes lately due to Embiid's injuries.