Feb 22, 2014; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid (21) and guard Andrew Wiggins (22) speak with media after the game against the Texas Longhorns at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won 85-54. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Around the Kingdom: Andrew Wiggins, Embiid, Besler, Alex Gordon, Flowers

After weeks of anticipation, University of Kansas stars Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid went no. 1 and no. 3 overall in Thursday’s NBA draft. Congrats to the Jayhawks for having their first no. 1 overall since Danny Manning in 1988.

In the World Cup, the U.S. team, along with Sporting KC players Matt Besler and Graham Zusi, advance to the knockout round despite their 1-0 loss to Germany. WIth a win, the U.S. could turn Brazil into their international coming out party.

The Royals had a much-needed off day on Thursday. Let’s hope Kansas City can use the respite to figure out how to turn around their 1-6 slide over the last week.


  • KUSports.com – Bill Self’s comments on Wiggins and Embiid going no. 1 and no. 3 overall in the draft:

“No question one knock that has been used against us recruiting with other programs is the fact, ‘Yeah, they’ve had a lot of pros but their guys aren’t one-and-done guys.’ Here we’ve had three one-and-dones — 1, 3 and 7 in the last two years. I don’t think anybody can say that anymore,” Self said.


  • Kansas City Star – Matt Besler says the U.S. can play with anyone after their match against Germany


  • Royals Review – Jeff ZImmerman has a sobering piece about projected success rates for Royals hitting prospects
  • Royals Authority – Craig Brown writes about off-the-field happenings around the team, including South Korean Royals fan SungWoo’s upcoming trip to KC.
  • Kings of Kauffman – David Hill makes the case for Alex Gordon as A.L. MVP:

Gordon, meanwhile, may well find that the majority of his MVP case rests upon those defensive metrics. The stolid BBWAA voters have begun to regard sabermetrics as more than baseball witchcraft; are they read(y) to accept defensive metrics that show how valuable Alex Gordon truly is?


“My favorite thing about Kansas City was the fans. It felt like I never left college playing for Kansas City. No matter if we were winning four games, it was sold out. It was still crazy. You go to the malls and everyone had on red. It was crazy.”


  • Kansas City Star – Arrests of seven athletes over a 3 month period this spring spurred Mizzou athletic director Mike Alden to action

There you have it KC fans—the news Around the Kingdom.

Tags: Alex Gordon Andrew Wiggins Brandon Flowers Joel Embiid Kansas City Royals Kansas Jayhawks Matt Besler Missouri Tigers Sporting Kansas City

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