Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid is heading to California today to visit with a back specialist on Monday, per Gary Bedore of KUSports.com.
"We wanted to get a second opinion and wanted to send him to the very best authority," [coach Bill] Self said, not identifying the name of the doctor. "He’ll leave on Sunday and see him (doctor) Monday morning."
Even though Embiid has missed the team's previous two games, Self doesn't expect his absence to be much longer.
"Hopefully we get real positive news," Self said. "Hopefully he can be on the practice floor very very soon. We will not put him out there just because he feels better but because the doctors says it’s time to get back out there. Hopefully it will be real soon, if not we’ll sit him a little longer. We still don’t think it will affect (his participation in) the NCAA Tournament in any way."
As Fran Fraschilla tweeted this morning, however, it "[c]an't be great news even if precautionary."
Embiid and fellow KU freshman Andrew Wiggins were 1-2 in my initial 2014 NBA mock draft posted a couple of weeks ago.
On the season, Embiid is averaging 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots per game.