Kansas Jayhawks Coach Bill Self Tells Story of Joel Embiid Wanting To Be Red-Shirted After A Practice Session

Published 02/16/2021, 3:00 PM EST


Kansas Jayhawks are one of the best programs in the country for young talent. While they are struggling this season and have fallen out of the top 25 in the nation after being ranked highly, they are still one of the most solid NCAA programs. That is mainly to do with coach Bill Self.

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Self got a chance to coach current NBA MVP front-runner, Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid. He spoke about how Embiid was beaten in practice by teammate Tarik Black, who went undrafted in 2014 but had an average NBA career. Joel would proceed to ask Self to redshirt him for that season when Self reminded Embiid of his potential.

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“Tarik Black was a good player, who played in the league. He was a grad transfer and Joel’s in. We thought those two would share minutes. First practice, Joel’s just getting his butt kicked. Tarik’s just spinning him around like a ragdoll and Joel came up to me after practice and said, ‘Coach, you’re going to have to redshirt me.’ ‘No Joel, you’re gonna be the first pick in the draft this year.'”

Kansas Jayhawks: Is Joel Embiid their biggest recent star?

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The Kansas Jayhawks have one of the best programs in college basketball. As a result, they have furnished the NBA with a lot of talent over the years. The best Jayhawk to play in the NBA has to be former Finals MVP, Paul Pierce. But what about the talents that have come out of there recently?

Jan 22, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) celebrates after making a three point shot against the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Joel Embiid was joined in the 2014 Draft Class with the actual number one overall pick and teammate, Andrew Wiggins. While Wiggins has been decidedly average, he hasn’t been close to as good as the current MVP front-runner in Embiid. Other players like the Morris brothers have also come out of Kansas, but haven’t had an Embiid like impact on the NBA.

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Hopefully, Self and company can fix their season and see how they play next season. Kansas still has a pipeline of stars coming into the league, and coach Bill will be crucial in ensuring they are developed properly.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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