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Three former Kansas college stars earn NBA All-Rookie votes

Rodney McGruder averaged 6.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 78 games for the Miami Heat.
Rodney McGruder averaged 6.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 78 games for the Miami Heat. Associated Press

Joel Embiid earned a spot on the NBA’s All-Rookie team after making his debut with 31 games before a knee injury ended his season.

Rodney McGruder and Fred VanVleet also received votes for the NBA All-Rookie team announced on Monday.

Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield, who played at Sunrise Christian Academy, also earned a spot on the first team.

Embiid, from Kansas, averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds. He was drafted in 2014, but foot injuries sidelined him until this season. Hield, who played at Oklahoma, averaged 10.6 points in 82 games, 57 for New Orleans before trade sent him to the Kings.

McGruder, from Kansas State, received 61 votes missing a second-team spot by two votes. VanVleet, from Wichita State, received one vote.

McGruder averaged 6.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 78 games for the Miami Heat. VanVleet averaged 2.9 points and 1.1 rebounds in 37 games for the Toronto Raptors.

The team is voted on by a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters.

Paul Suellentrop: 316-269-6760, @paulsuellentrop

NBA All-Rookie First Team

Player, Team

1st

2nd

Total

Malcolm Brogdon, Mil

100

-

200

Dario Saric, Phi

100

-

200

Joel Embiid, Phi

82

7

171

Buddy Hield, Sac

63

28

154

Willy Hernangomez, NY

44

40

128

Second Team

Player, Team

1st

2nd

Total

Jamal Murray, Den

34

55

123

Jaylen Brown, Bos

24

58

106

Marquese Chriss, Pho

20

51

91

Brandon Ingram, LAL

11

61

83

Yogi Ferrell, Dal

7

49

63

Others receiving votes (first-place votes in parentheses): Rodney McGruder (7), Miami, 61;Caris LeVert (2), Brooklyn, 36;Domantas Sabonis (4), Oklahoma City, 19;Tyler Ulis (1), Phoenix, 10;Patrick McCaw, Golden State, 8;Skal Labissiere (1), Sacramento, 7;Kris Dunn, Minnesota, 5;Juancho Hernangomez, Denver, 5;Taurean Prince, Atlanta, 5;Isaiah Whitehead, Brooklyn, 5;Alex Abrines, Oklahoma City, 4;Davis Bertans, San Antonio, 3;Dejounte Murray, San Antonio, 3;Thon Maker, Milwaukee, 3;Andrew Harrison, Memphis, 2;Fred VanVleet, Toronto, 1;Dragan Bender, Phoenix, 1;DeAndre’ Bembry, Atlanta, 1;Jakob Poeltl, Toronto, 1;Malcolm Delaney, Atlanta, 1.

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