12 32 5 LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

Kansas coach Bill Self has some advice for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"Pick one of them," he says, laughing. "Either way, they're getting a franchise-changing player. And they're about as different as you can get. One is low-key. The other is real emotional."

Self had the luxury of coaching two of the three players vying for the No. 1 pick in Thursday's NBA draft, but he's admittedly indecisive on whether Andrew Wiggins or Joel Embiid should be the top pick. That's even after Embiid had surgery on a right foot stress facture, which significantly has lowered his draft stock — making Wiggins and Duke's Jabari Parker the favorites to shake NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's hand first.

MOCK: What if teams had common sense?

NBA FATHERS: Wiggins, Parker and others

"I think both Andrew and Joel are deserving," Self says of his two former players. "The bottom line is they're starting with a clean slate and they'll have to produce wherever they go. They know that."

Embiid and Wiggins, good friends off the court, won't be heartbroken if they don't go No. 1. But they're not shy in admitting their merit.

"I definitely think I can go No. 1," Wiggins said. "But whoever goes No. 1 deserves it."

VIDEO: Best draft prospects by position

USA Today Sports' Scott Gleeson picks who he thinks are the best prospects in the draft by position.

If Wiggins and Embiid go 1-2 in any order, it will be the first time ever that two international players were drafted as the top two picks. Wiggins hails from Canada, while Embiid is from Cameroon.

"We just say whoever goes No. 1, the other better go No. 2," Embiid said. "We're cool like that."

When Embiid and Wiggins arrived in Lawrence, Kansas, Self didn't have to be a fortune-teller to see both players' NBA potential. He just didn't think they'd be in the same draft class.

He describes Wiggins as "the most scrutinized" player he's seen in his coaching career — the 6-8 forward entered the college game with towering expectations as the top recruit in a star-heavy freshman class. Meanwhile, Embiid considered redshirting before blossoming as a freshman but always had tremendous upside.

"I think we knew Andrew would be here," says Self. "I told Joel he'd be the top pick in two years, but he took a monster step. He's just a talented sponge with an unbelievable feel for the game."

GALLERY: Top prospects' best-case scenarios

Autoplay
Show Thumbnails
Show Captions
12 32 5 LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE
Read or Share this story: http://usat.ly/T3OO5H