Report: KU's Joel Embiid out indefinitely

Tuesday March 11th, 2014

Kansas is 2-1 without Embiid this season. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) Kansas is 2-1 without Embiid this season. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

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.

CBSSports :

"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."

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.

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."
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