KANSAS CITY, Mo. - I'm not really sure why Joel Embiid took so long to announce his decision to leave KU early for the NBA.
There's usually a posse of people who hang around these lottery pick players. They all want to get a little sniff of the action.
Embiid seems to be a pretty sharp guy and hopefully he has a good grip on his handlers.
He's projected to go 3, 4, or 5 in the draft. He's looking at two years guaranteed and close to $10 million. He made the right decision to leave early.
As a fan of the sport, you hate to see the season end the way it did for Embiid. He improved so much over the course of the season only to have his back give out.
Embiid missed the final two games of the regular season and then of course, all the post season stuff. When it was determined he had a stress fracture, KU's chances of making a run in this tournament were pretty much wiped out. Wiggins and Embiid had to carry the freight for this team.
There was so much expectation for Kansas last fall when Andrew Wiggins came aboard. Wiggins seemed to handle the publicity pretty well but he was nothing spectacular when you look back on it and compare him to the likes of Jabari Parker and Julius Randle.
Wiggins didn't show up in KU's biggest game of the season. He was a complete bust, scoring only four points against Stanford.
KU did win its 10th consecutive league title, but not because this Kansas team was anything special.
The Big 12, without question, was the most over-hyped basketball conference in America. KU fans are proud of those 10 consecutive conference titles-- and they should be. But when it's all said and done...Kansas under-achieved this season, failing to make it out of the first weekend of the NCAA tournament with two lottery picks,
That’s never a good thing for the fans of team entitlement.
That’s Jack’s Smack.