When No. 2 seed Kansas opens the NCAA Tournament against No. 15 Eastern Kentucky on Friday, the Jayhawks will probably have just one of their two dynamic freshmen. Freshman wing Andrew Wiggins will be in uniform, while center Joel Embiid is likely to be sidelined again because of a stress fracture in his back.
All year long, Wiggins and Embiid have been two of the top freshmen in the country, leading KU to a 10th straight Big 12 regular-season title, and they were honored Monday for their efforts. Wiggins and Embiid were selected to a five-man freshman All-America team by the United States Basketball Writers Association.
They joined Duke forward Jabari Parker, Kentucky forward Julius Randle and Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis. Parker, who led Duke with 19.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, was selected the Wayman Tisdale national freshman of the year.
Wiggins leads Kansas with 17.4 points per game while recording 6.0 rebounds per game. Embiid, who has missed the Jayhawks’ last four games, is averaging 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds. Wiggins was previously selected the Big 12 freshman of the year.