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Joel Embiid Declares For NBA Draft

Joel Embiid has declared for the 2014 NBA Draft, leaving Kansas after his freshman season.

Embiid is widely expected to be a top-3 pick if his back tests out as healthy.

Embiid missed the final part of the season due to injury.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Andrew Wiggins To Declare For Draft

Andrew Wiggins will announce his decision to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft in a press conference on Monday.

Wiggins averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game for Kansas.

Wiggins indicated in November that he planned on spending just one season at Kansas.

Wiggins is expected to be a top-3 pick in the draft.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Joel Embiid To Declare For NBA Draft

Joel Embiid will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Embiid is expected to compete with Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker for the first overall pick.

In the past week, Embiid has progressed in settling on agent representation, but no final decision has been made, sources said.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Wiggins Remains No. 1 On Most NBA Boards

Andrew Wiggins struggled in his final collegiate game as Kansas was eliminated by Stanford in the Round of 32, but the game won't hurt his draft stock.

"Wiggins is going to have to continue to improve his skill set," writes Chad Ford. "But I haven't heard anyone in the NBA suggest that this one game will affect his draft stock at all. He's the No. 1 guy on our board and he's the No. 1 guy on most NBA boards right now. That can still change as we get into workouts and physicals, but I'd be surprised if it did."

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Joel Embiid Will Meet With Coaches, Mbah a Moute Before Making Decision

Joel Embiid will consult the Kansas coaching staff and also his mentor, fellow Cameroon native and NBA player Luc Mbah a Moute, before making a final decision concerning his NBA future.

Kansas was eliminated by Stanford in the round of 32 on Sunday. Embiid missed the end of the regular season, Big 12 Tournament and the Jayhawks' two NCAA Tournament games with a back injury.

"I'm not worried about that right now," Embiid said of the draft.

Embiid said he would have been ready for the Sweet 16 had Kansas advanced.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Wiggins Accepts Blame For Kansas Loss

Kansas was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament with a 60-57 loss to Stanford.

“It hurts. I feel I let my team down, my coaches, my fans, Kansas fans, everybody,” said Wigigns ater what will almost certainly be his last game of his collegiate career.

Wiggins had four points, four turnovers, one assists, four rebounds and two blocks in 34 minutes.

“I wasn’t there for my team. If I would have been there, we would have won for sure. If I would have played better, scored more, my team wins. I blame myself for this loss,” he added.

Via Gary Bedore/Lawrence Journal-World

Some GMs, Scouts Moving Back To Wiggins Even Before Embiid Injury

Andrew Wiggins had 41 points on Saturday and has begun to reestablish himself as a popular pick to go first overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.

With Joel Embiid's back injury, the odds of Wiggins going first also increase even though he was getting back in the conversation in his own right.

"Even before the injury to Embiid, some scouts and GMs were moving back onto the Wiggins bandwagon," writes Chad Ford. "There is just sooooo much potential there and he's showing signs of understanding it. If he takes over for Kansas the next few weeks, he may be the No. 1 pick even if Embiid gets 100 percent healthy."

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Joel Embiid Won't Need Surgery, Likely Out Until At Least Sweet 16

Joel Embiid is out indefinitely after being seen in Los Angeles by a spinal specialist, but he will not require surgery.

The doctor confirmed the diagnosis of a stress fracture.

Embiid will miss the Big 12 Tournament and likely the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Bill Self is hopeful that Embiid could return for the later rounds.

Embiid had become the player most general managers would select with the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, ahead of Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker.

"Now it's a three-man race again -- and Embiid might be No. 3 depending on how his back checks out by doctors," said one GM to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

Via Rustin Dodd/Kansas City Star

Joel Embiid To Visit Back Specialist In California

Joel Embiid will fly to California on Monday morning to see a back specialist.

Embiid has been out since last week's loss to Oklahoma State.

‘We wanted to get a second opinion and wanted to send him to the very best authority,” Self said following the game according to Gary Bedore of KUSports.com.

“Hopefully we get real positive news. Hopefully he can be on the practice floor very very soon. We will not put him out there just because he feels better but because the doctors says it’s time to get back out there. Hopefully it will be real soon, if not we’ll sit him a little longer. We still don’t think it will affect (his participation in) the NCAA tournament in any way.”

Via Terrence Payne/College Basketball Talk

Ejim, Wiggins, Embiid, Smart Headline Big 12 Awards

Melvin Ejim of Iowa State has been named Big 12 Player of the Year.

Ejim was joined on the All-Big 12 First Team by Marcus Smart, Andrew Wiggins, Juwan Staten and DeAndre Kane.

On the All-Big 12 Second Team are Markel Brown, Joel Embiid, Marcus oster, Buddy Hield and Jonathan Holmes.

Embiid was also named Defensive Player of the Year, while Wiggins received Freshman of the Year honors.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Kansas Jayhawks Archives

Joel Embiid To Miss Final Two Regular Season Games

Joel Embiid could also miss part or all of the Big 12 conference tournament.

Myles Turner To Take Official Visits To Ohio State, Ok. St. Kansas, Duke, Texas

Myles Turner is an athletic, 6-11 center out of Texas.

Kansas Has Played Toughest NCAA Schedule Of Any School Over Past 20 Years

Kansas has an 18-6 record with seven games remaining in the regular season.

Joel Embiid 'Strongly Considering' Returning To Kansas For Sophomore Season

Joel Embiid said on Tuesday that he is "strongly considering" returning to Kansas for his sophomore season.

Exec: Joel Embiid 'Moves Like Guard'

Joel Embiid is averaging 11.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game.

GM: Wiggins Becoming Aggressive, Playing With More Poise

Andrew Wiggins has progressed during his freshman season at Kansas.

McDermott, Smart, Parker Headline Wooden List; Embiid Omitted

Joel Embiid is the most glaring omission from the list.

Embiid: I Want To Be The Best At My Position One Day

Joel Embiid has only been playing basketball for a few years, but has remarkable instincts for the game.

Some Scouts Shifting Prediction For First Pick From Wiggins To Parker

Jabari Parker could likely become the focal point of his NBA team's offense, while Andrew Wiggins would need to grow into that role.

Wiggins Ranks Ahead Of Parker, Randle, Smart In Offensive Rating

Andrew Wiggins has the highest offensive rating among potential No. 1 picks at 134.2.

Andrew Wiggins Draws Paul George Comparison From NBA Executive

Unlike Jabari Parker and Julius Randle, Andrew Wiggins has a smaller role in his offense at this point.

Durant Credits Technology For Advanced Games Of Wiggins, Parker

Kevin Durant credits technology for why so many young players enter college with an advanced skill-set.

Okafor, Tyus Jones, Alexander To Announce Commitments On Friday

Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones have long said they would attend the same school.

Scout Questions Wiggins' Motor

Andrew Wiggins "is not always playing hard and motivated," an NBA scout said.

Smart, McDermott, Smith, McGary, Wiggins On Preseason AP All-American Team

Andrew Wiggins is the second freshman to earn preseason honors.

Wiggins Wants To Lead Kansas To Title, Go No. 1 In Draft

Andrew Wiggins' goals during his freshman season are simple.

Wiggins' Potential $180M Offer From Adidas May Be Hoax

A report that adidas is prepared to offer an $180 million deal over 10 years to Andrew Wiggins may be the result of a hoax.

Rich Paul Considered Most Likely To Become Agent For Wiggins

Rich Paul reportedly met Wiggins last summer in Ohio while LeBron James was working out with Kevin Durant.

Report: Adidas Expected To Offer Huge Endorsement Deal To Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins is expected to trigger a bidding war for his shoe endorsement.

Self Not Expecting Wiggins To Put Up Durant, Beasley-Type Numbers

Expectations are high for Andrew Wiggins but he is more likely to impact the game in many small ways that don't show up in the box score.
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