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Selby's first game since decommitment draws crowd

Posted on: July 22, 2009 11:53 pm

LAS VEGAS -- Josh Selby came out dunking.

And then he dunked again.

And then again.

And it became pretty clear pretty quickly why his decommitment from Tennessee is considered a big deal in recruiting circles. Simply put, the 6-foot-3 point guard is a special talent -- just a unique combination of size, strength, speed and toughness, all of which made Bill Self (Kansas), John Calipari (Kentucky), Jim Calhoun (Connecticut), Billy Donovan (Florida), Josh Pastner (Memphis) and Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) drive to a small high school auxiliary gym in the middle of a painfully hot July afternoon.

They were each there Wednesday (as were assistants from Louisville and Tennessee). What they witnessed was Selby's initial game since reopening his recruitment, and it was a dominant performance against an obviously overmatched team on the first day of the Adidas Super 64 -- one of four major summer tournaments being held this week in Las Vegas.

Selby spoke about his decommitment after the win.

He said it wasn't his decision as much as it was a "family decision."

"We just want to make sure that Tennessee is the right fit," Selby said. "It might not be."

Selby said Calipari, Calhoun, Self and Ohio State's Thad Matta have each called his mother, Maeshon Witherspoon, since word of his decommitment surfaced Sunday. Still, the consensus top 10 national recruit described himself as "wide-open" and declined to offer a list of potential destinations, although it should be noted that multiple industry sources have labeled Kentucky the leader.


The main reason, it seems, is because Witherspoon acknowledged to that she met with Calipari's close friend William Wesley during the LeBron James Skills Academy earlier this month, roughly two weeks before Selby decommitted from Tennessee. In fairness, Witherspoon has downplayed the significance of the meeting and insisted that it had nothing to do with the decommitment. But most coaches familiar with the business of recruiting are skeptical that this is all just a big coincidence. And then there's Tennessee assistant Tony Jones, who supplied a vague but telling quote to the Knoxville News Sentinel .

"I'm not going to comment on any specific player, because I am not allowed to do that," Jones told the paper. "I'll just say something smells right now."

On Wednesday, Selby was asked specifically about Wesley.

His response?

"I've never met him," Selby said. "I don't know who he is."

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2009 11:09 am

Selby's first game since decommitment draws crowd

Yes, something smells very rotten in Lexington, Kentucky. I hope the NCAA slaps John Calipari & UK with a long probation and bans William Wesley from recruiting players.

Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: July 23, 2009 1:03 pm

Selby's first game since decommitment draws crowd

Better get to know him....momma got u a new Daddy. Money mouth

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: July 23, 2009 10:54 am

Selby's first game since decommitment draws crowd

On Wednesday, Selby was asked specifically about Wesley...."I've never met him," Selby said. "I don't know who he is."Soon afterward, Selby was asked about Nike.  "Never heard of them," Selby said. "You say they make shoes?" Smile

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