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Self: Cliff Alexander Not Tall Enough To Score Over Kentucky's Length

Cliff Alexander's lack of length was problematic in Kansas' 72-40 loss to Kentucky on Tuesday.

Alexander had just eight points and eight rebounds as he struggled against the length of Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson, Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles.

According to Bill Self, Alexander must learn to put himself in better position to score before he receives the ball.

“He’s not tall enough, and it was very evident tonight, to score over that length,” Self said.

Via Steve Greenberg/Chicago Sun-Times

Ivan Rabb Narrows List To Arizona, Cal, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA

Ivan Rabb has narrowed his list of schools to Arizona, California, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA.

Rabb is one of the top recruits in the class of 2015 and attends Bishop O'Dowd in Oakland.

Via Paul Biancardi/ESPN

Andrew Wiggins Signs Endorsement Deal With Adidas

Andrew Wiggins has reached a deal with Adidas on a shoe and apparel deal.

ESPN's Darren Rovell, however, reports that the deal comes with a guarantee of at least $2 million annually.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports previously reported the contract as being worth close to $100 million over 10 years, but that Tweet was subsequently deleted. Spears later reported that it is a five-year deal worth approximately $12 million to $13 million.

Wiggins played one season at Kansas, which is an Adidas school.

Wiggins joins Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Damian Lillard, John Wall, Tim Duncan, Joakim Noah and Candace Parker as their primary endorsers in basketball.

Via Jeff Zillgitt, Sam Amick/USA Today

Embiid Feeling 100 Percent Recovered From Back Injury

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Joel Embiid's camp have been holding discussions on sending him there for a workout.

Both sides expect the Cavaliers to be able see Embiid.

Embiid said that his back was "100 percent" and that he was feeling no effects from his injury in March. Several sources that have been working with Embiid confirmed that he's been feeling healed.

"If anything, I think they were overcautious with him," one source said. "He could've played in the next round of the NCAA tournament had Kansas advanced. They were just making sure that the issue would completely go away. He's fine."

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Wiggins Measures 6'8.75" In Shoes, 8'11" Standing Reach

Andrew Wiggins was measured on Sunday with a height of 6'8.75" in shoes.

Wiggins has a wingspan of 7'0" and a standing reach of 8'11".

Wiggins also has one of the best verticals in the draft class.

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Embiid Measures 7'1" in Shoes, 9'5.5" Standing Reach

Joel Embiid was measured at a workout on Friday with a height of 7'1" in shoes.

Embiid has a 7'5.75" wingspan and 9'5.5" standing reach.

Embiid is expected to be one of the first three picks in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk To Attend Kansas

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk has decided to attend Kansas.

Mykhailiuk is only 16 years old and will be at Kansas for two seasons.

Mykhailiuk recently participated in the Nike Hoop Summit.

Via Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Exec: Joel Embiid's Only Issue Is His Medical Status

Joel Embiid suffered a back injury late in his freshman season at Kansas and did not attend the NBA Draft combine in Chicago last week.

NBA teams do not have the medical reports of Embiid heading into Tuesday's draft lottery.

"The No. 1 issue is going to be the medical issue with him," a Central Division executive said. "There's no other issues really to deal with. With him not having taken the physical in Chicago, he's difficult to project. I don't see him falling out of the top three unless there's a medical red flag."

Embiid remains expected to be a high draft choice and gives personnel around the league confidence that he will contribute from day one.

"He could play tonight and be effective," a Northwest Division general manager said. "You cannot teach that reaction time, knowing when to block a shot, to go from help defense to getting back to your man, show and recover. It has to be natural because he hasn't been playing. basketball long enough for people to teach him that. Imagine when he is taught, with people who have that knowledge. He gives you the first move and then he gives you the countermove. Young guys don't do that. They give you the countermove and you say, 'You could have gone baseline before you went to the middle.' "

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Andrew Wiggins' Superhuman Vertical Photo Goes Viral

Andrew Wiggins elected not to participate in the official NBA Draft Combine in Chicago this week, but P3SportsScience posted a photo of the former Kansas wing testing his vertical jump.

The photo was posted on RealGM's Twitter feed and elsewhere, immediately going viral.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Devonte Graham Commits To Kansas

Devonte Graham has committed to Kansas as the best remaining point guard in the incoming class of 2014.

Graham also considered N.C. State.

Via Jeff Borzello/CBS Sports

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Naadir Tharpe To Transfer From Kansas

Kansas will likely go into next season with sophomores Frank Mason and Conner Frankamp battling for the starting spot.

Myles Turner Commits To Texas

Myles Turner is a top-five prospect in the 2014 incoming class.

Joel Embiid Declares For NBA Draft

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

Andrew Wiggins To Declare For Draft

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

Joel Embiid To Declare For NBA Draft

Joel Embiid has progressed in settling on agent representation, but no final decision has been made.

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.

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

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

Wiggins Accepts Blame For Kansas Loss

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

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.

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.

Joel Embiid To Visit Back Specialist In California

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

Ejim, Wiggins, Embiid, Smart Headline Big 12 Awards

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

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.
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