Report: KU's Joel Embiid out indefinitely
Kansas center Joel Embiid, the possible No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, is out indefinitely with a stress fracture, according to a KU release.
CBSSports reported Embiid flew to Los Angeles on Sunday to get a second opinion on a lower back injury that's caused him to miss the past two games.
"Initially, Kansas officials only described the injury as a lower-back strain. But KU coach Bill Self acknowledged to the Kansas City Star late Sunday that Embiid's issues are more "significant" than a lower-back strain."
Joel Embiid stress fracture confirmed by California specialist, per KU release. Out indefinitely. That's depressing.
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) March 11, 2014
Embiid is averaging 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game this season. Kansas is slated to play either Oklahoma State or Texas Tech on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
THIS JUST IN: Kansas C Joel Embiid likely to miss 2 more weeks (back). The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year averages 2.6 blocks per game.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 11, 2014
Head Coach Bill Self Statement released by the school:
"This weekend (in the Big 12 Championship) is out," Self said in a statement released by the school Monday night. "Next weekend, we feel like is a long shot, but the doctors are hopeful that if Joel works hard in rehab and progresses that it is possible that he could play in the later rounds of the NCAA Tournament if our team is fortunate enough to advance."