College Basketball Insider Player of the Week: Kansas' Joel Embiid

Ask anybody connected to the Kansas program for the name of the Jayhawks' best player, and, depending on the day, you could reasonably get three different answers.

Sometimes it looks like Perry Ellis.

Andrew Wiggins remains KU's top scorer.

And now Joel Embiid has emerged in a magnificent way.

The freshman big got 16 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in last Monday's upset of Iowa State, then finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks in Saturday's win over Oklahoma State. He was a combined 12-of-14 from the field in those games against quality competition, and that's why Embiid is the National Player of the Week.

"He's so good," OSU coach Travis Ford said Saturday, and there isn't a single person arguing with him. As I wrote this weekend, Embiid is progressing faster than most anticipated and has already made the transition from great prospect to terrific player. He's reached double-figures in points in seven of his past eight games. He's averaging 11.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.0 blocks in 24.5 minutes during KU's current four-game winning streak.

In other words, Embiid is great and getting better.

Kansas is, too.

That's why it looks like Bill Self is headed for another Big 12 title.

Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for and frequent contributor to the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts the highest-rated sports talk radio show -- The Gary Parrish Show -- in the history of Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two children and a dog.
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