(NEW YORK) — The Kansas Jayhawks will have to keep navigating through the NCAA Tournament without the services of stand out center Joel Embiid, according the Kansas head coach Bill Self.
Embiid sat out the final two games of the team’s regular season with a back injury, and his return to the team in unknown at this point.
Self admitted it would be a “long shot” for his star big man to play this weekend.
“We don’t really know,” Embiid’s teammate, Naadir Tharpe, said. “Some days he feels better than others. I don’t know when he’ll be back.”
In the team’s first game of the tournament, they handled Eastern Kentucky 94-83.
The 7-foot Embiid has not only been one of the best freshman in the entire country this season, but also one of the best players period.
In 23.1 minutes a game this season for Kansas, Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game.
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Jill Martin, CNN