Lawrence, Kan. -

Kansas University head coach Bill Self announced today that Joel Embiid will not play in the Big 12 Tournament and is expected to miss the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Embiid suffered a stress fracture in his back that kept him from playing the final two games of the regular season and will continue to hinder him.

Self says Embiid's injury evaluation revealed that his return to the court will be prolonged. It's also unlikely that he will be back for the first weekend of the NCAA tournament.

The 7-food Embiid has been crucial to the team this season, averaging 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds despite only playing basketball for a few years.

Here's the complete AP story:

Kansas center Joel Embiid is expected to miss the first weekend of the NCAA tournament.
    
Embiid got a second opinion on his ailing lower back from a specialist in Los Angeles on Monday, and the school says the physician confirmed the original diagnosis of a stress fracture.
    
The school says Embiid's treatment for the injury makes him "unlikely to play in the first weekend of the NCAA tournament."
    
A potential top choice in the NBA draft should he choose to declare, Embiid sat out Kansas' final two regular-season games, a home victory against Texas Tech and a road loss against West Virginia. The Jayhawks had already clinched the outright Big 12 title.