One of the top prospects in the draft,
According to the Associated Press, Embiid has a stress fracture in his lower back, which will knock him out of the
Assuming he suffers no setbacks, the Jayhawks may need to survive a couple of rounds without their starting center.
Before the injury, Embiid projected to be a top three pick -- and possibly the No. 1 selection.
Will the injury inspire the freshman to stay another year at Kansas? Or rather will the scare inspire him to leave, looking to lock in guaranteed
Embiid's draft stock might dip if teams are concerned about his back. If the Lakers don't win the lottery, they still might be in range to draft Embiid if he drops behind players like Kansas'
Recently, Embiid tweeted a fondness for Los Angeles.
Through 28 appearances with the Jayhawks, Embiid has averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks.
At 7 feet, 250 pounds, Embiid is a true center. Although he's still developing, Embiid has shown the makings of a versatile, low-post game. He was also named the Big 12's defensive player of the year.
The Lakers have three free agent centers (
Embiid may need some time to develop into a high-level NBA starter, but the Lakers had success taking a similar project in
Based on vcitories, the Lakers (22-42) are tied with the
Where the Lakers will pick could range from the top pick, all the way down to 10th.
The final month of the season will present a clearer picture, but even a single win through the team's final 18 games could hurt the Lakers' lottery position.