Andrew Wiggins heaps praise on Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks shoots a free throw during the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Allen Fieldhouse on January 29, 2014
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First-round Draft pick Andrew Wiggins heaps praise on former teammate Joel Embiid as he is selected by the Philadelphia 76ers at number three on Thursday night.

First-round Draft pick Andrew Wiggins has praised former teammate Joel Embiid following his selection by the Philadelphia 76ers at number three.

The players shared the same court at the Kansas Jayhawks last term, with Embiid on course to become this year's number one ticket had he not picked up an injury last week.

"He worked so hard," Wiggins told reporters at the event on Thursday.

"He didn't let nothing get to him. He always stayed motivated. So I'm just proud. It's a proud moment for Kansas."

Both players will look to the future, where their sides will view each of them as potential NBA Championship rivals in the coming decade.

Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks looks on against the Stanford Cardinal during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 23, 2014
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