Monday, December 2, 2013

Embiid named Big 12 newcomer of the week

Kansas center Joel Embiid looks across the lane as Andrew Wiggins lines up for a pair of free throws during the second half on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Kansas center Joel Embiid looks across the lane as Andrew Wiggins lines up for a pair of free throws during the second half on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 in Paradise Island, Bahamas.


Kansas University freshman Joel Embiid became the second Jayhawk to win Big 12 newcomer of the week honors this season, joining freshman wing Andrew Wiggins, who was won the award Nov. 18.

Embiid scored in double digits in two contests as the Jayhawks recorded a 2-1 record at the Battle 4 Atlantis. The freshman center also had 10 blocked shots for the week while shooting 63.2 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from the free throw line.

He had seven blocks against UTEP, setting the KU freshman record for blocked shots in a game, previously held by Nick Collison (vs. Nebraska in 2000) and averaged 9.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in the three-day tournament.

Embiid ranks third in the Big 12 in blocks and ninth in rebounds.

Jayhawks fall to 6th in AP Poll

KU's semifinal loss to Villanova in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament dropped the Jayhawks from second to sixth in the latest Associated Press poll.

Unbeaten Michigan State (7-0) held on to the top spot, while No. 2 Arizona (7-0), No. 3 Kentucky (7-1), No. 4 Syracuse (7-0) and No. 5 Ohio State (6-0) all jumped ahead of the Jayhawks, who went 2-1 in the Bahamas and now stand at 6-1 overall.

Next up KU will play at Colorado on Saturday before traveling to Gainesville, Fla., for a match-up with Florida on Dec. 10.

Villanova, which won the Battle 4 Atlantis crown, jumped all the way up to No. 14 after not being ranked a week ago.


Scott Gruhn 7 years ago

Hey, statisticians, when and who was the last NCAA player to score 7 blocks in a game while playing no more minutes than Embiid did?

Asad Zoberi 7 years ago

Is Jesse Newell still working here? he used to post good stats.

Steve Zimmerman 7 years ago

He's with another company, not too far from where I work in Topeka. Supposedly, it's still affiliated with

Tony Bandle 7 years ago

THREE COMMENTS!!!! UGH!!!..and two of them not even about the the mighty have fallen!!!!

Rodney Crain 7 years ago

This is progress Tony, much better isn't it?

Beau Woolsey 7 years ago

Embiid should start and bring his now proven consistency into the starting lineup. Black should be used to bring energy and toughness to the team off the bench. I think that was always the goal for later in the season but Joel has closed the gap and he is ready now

Brianna Zaleski 7 years ago

Good point Beau, and that is a point voiced more often than not on this site, however, Bill Self has always stressed that it is more impt who finishes the game rather than who starts it. It would be VERY unfortunate if Joel were to start and pick up a couple of early Ricky tack fouls, thus rendering him useless for the dramatic upgrade that he is off the bench. Look for this trend to stick for a while anyway, especially considering the foul environment we currently find ourselves mired in.

Beau Woolsey 7 years ago

I would agree with that absolutely. But I also think it works in reverse sometimes with black. He is getting benched the rest of the game after a few early fouls. At Oklahoma City James Harden looked like an all-star yet he rode the bench. To me that seemed like a gimmick. But what I noticed later is that thabo sefolosha was being misused much like black is. Starting is very important to establishing a mood and for a center it used to be established defensively. James harden should have started and thabo should have come off the bench to play defense instead of start and play meaningless minutes. Joel should start and be established as the defensive force and black should come in as an enforcer.

Beau Woolsey 7 years ago

Just think of the intensity with black and mason on the floor. That would be one tough looking team. I believe they have barely played on the floor together.

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