NCAA tournament: Star freshmen dealt early exits


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Most NBA mock drafts feature some combination of Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid picked in the top three. None are still playing in the NCAA tournament.

After No. 10 Stanford upset No. 2 Kansas by three points on Sunday afternoon, Wiggins and Embiid joined Parker on the list of hyped freshmen dealt early exits in March Madness. Contracts worth millions of dollars lurk in their futures. Endorsement deals, too. But glory in college? Not so much.

Duke, and by extension Parker, was bounced in the first round against No. 14 Mercer, another early upset to a double-digit seed for the Blue Devils. Embiid missed the final six games of the season for the Jayhawks with a back injury and Wiggins scored only four points against the Cardinal. Toss in Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis, also a possible lottery pick should he declare, and that’s most of the nation’s freshmen superstars who will be sitting at home by the second weekend.

And if the debate needed any more logs tossed into the fire, freshman-loaded Kentucky and experienced Wichita State are underway.

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Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.

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