Posted on: April 14, 2011 4:11 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2011 4:14 pm
Josh Selby's mother, Maeshon Witherspoon, told TheShiver.com on Thursday that her son will not return to Kansas. Presumably, that means Selby will enter the NBA Draft, but it's unclear from the report whether transferring out of the program to another school, perhaps a junior college, is also an option.
TheShiver.com is a website dedicated to covering Kansas athletics.
Selby was a consensus top-five national recruit and projected lottery pick coming out of high school but struggled in his freshman year. The 6-foot-2 combo guard averaged only 7.9 points per game after serving a nine-game NCAA-suspension for accepting improper benefits. Bill Self played Selby an average of just 11.7 minutes per game in the final nine games of the season.
Selby is now considered a borderline first-round pick.
The NBA Draft is June 26.
Posted on: December 7, 2010 11:02 am
Edited on: December 7, 2010 2:25 pm
NEW YORK -- Kansas is a 12-point favorite over Memphis in the first game of Tuesday night's doubleheader at Madison Square Garden. So the Jayhawks should win. But they could lose. Either way, know this: The result will have little to do with KU's longterm possibilities.
That's the strange thing about this Jimmy V Classic.
The No. 4 Jayhawks are the highest-ranked participant in this four-school event despite the fact that their most talented player is yet to play this season, and he won't be on display here, either. Two games remain in the nine-game suspension the NCAA levied against Josh Selby for his acceptance of improper benefits. So the version of the Jayhawks the nation watches against Memphis will be uniquely gifted -- Tyshawn Taylor and the Morris Twins provide a nice inside-outside core -- but not nearly as talented as they'll be when Selby becomes eligible Dec. 18.
"He's going to be good for us," said Kansas guard Tyrel Reed.
But how good?
Will Selby soar quickly like Jared Sullinger or struggle early like Harrison Barnes?
My prediction: Reality will be somewhere in the middle.
The tough part for Selby will be joining a season already in progress and trying to enhance a team that's pretty good without him, and he'll be competing for minutes in a backcourt full of experienced guards. None of them can match Selby's physical tools, obviously. But Bill Self is comfortable with his veterans, and he won't just force Selby into a major role. If it happens, great. But if Selby struggles to grasp the concepts in place for this team, then it's possible -- I'm not suggesting it's likely, just possible -- that he could be more of a limited reserve for a few weeks.
"Josh is gonna help us, but he's got to be able to fit in and make us a better team," Self told me last week. "He's as talented a kid as we have. But the most talented kids don't always make the best teams. You've got to have guys who understand how we play. ... We play a style that I think will fit Josh well when he [becomes eligible]. But he's got to be able to do some things for us to warrant freedom and a lot of minutes."
In other words, Self is advising the nation to be patient.
And for good reason.
He's watched Barnes struggle at North Carolina for the disappointing-to-date Tar Heels, and the hype that surrounded the AP First Team All-American's arrival to campus has only intensified the criticism. That said, there's a couple of reasons to think Selby's path will be different. The first is because even if Selby struggles it's unlikely Kansas will because the Jayhawks don't need Selby to be great for them to be good like the Tar Heels need Barnes to be great for them to be good. Kansas will be good, regardless. So Selby starting slow won't cause the Jayhawks to fall out of the Top 25, point being that his rough patches won't be magnified the way Barnes' rough patches have been. The second reason? Whereas Barnes seems passive on most possessions (that's part of his problem, I think), Selby is relentless offensively -- a dribble-driving beast always on the attack, someone who's main purpose in life is to get to the rim. He'll crunch one on an overmatched defender within three games, guaranteed. So while I can't say for sure that Selby won't struggle to adjust, what I can tell you is that any problems he might encounter won't be rooted in passiveness.
"He's a gamer," Self said. "I think Josh will play better in the games just because he likes to compete … but it's going to take time. The expectations on him are going to be higher than they are on Harrison and the other guys because he hasn't played yet, and there's just been a buildup. I think he can handle it, without question. But to be real honest, every freshman I've coached has gone through stuff. … Mario [Chalmers]. Sherron [Collins]. Julian [Wright]. Shady [Darrell Arthur]. Makes no difference. There are some games they played less than 10 minutes [as a freshman].
"I'm not saying that'll happen with Josh," Self concluded. "I'm just saying it depends on how quickly he picks things up."
Posted on: November 19, 2010 10:32 pm
The NCAA announced late Friday that Kansas freshman Josh Selby must sit out nine regular season games and repay $5,757.58 in impermissible benefits to the charity of his choice before being allowed to play for the Jayhawks.
Selby's recruitment was filled with red flags.
The 6-foot-2 combo guard committed to Tennessee in 2008, then famously decommitted in the summer of 2009. He was seen driving a Mercedes the week before he committed to Kansas, and Carmelo Anthony's business manager served as an advisor in the latter part of the recruiting process, all of which led to Selby's amateur status being scrutinized by the NCAA.
Now, after a lengthy investigation, there's a ruling.
It suggests Selby will make his debut Dec. 18 against Southern California.
Rivals.com ranked Selby as the top overall prospect nationally in the Class of 2010.
Posted on: September 10, 2010 3:00 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2010 3:04 pm
Tennessee received an official letter of inquiry from the NCAA on Friday detailing allegations against the school's men's basketball program. Athletic director Mike Hamilton and coach Bruce Pearl were scheduled to hold a press conference shortly after 3 p.m. ET to discuss the situation.
A source told CBSSports.com on Friday that NCAA assistant director of enforcement Kristen Matha visited Knoxville and questioned the basketball staff "months ago." At least one area of concern is alleged excessive contact between coaches and recruits, though a source said the staff was also questioned about unofficial visits and the recruitment of Kansas freshman Josh Selby -- a McDonald's All-American who was committed to the Vols before he opened his recruitment back up and ultimately signed with and enrolled at KU.
CBSSports.com reported last month that Selby is facing questions about his amateur status from the NCAA.
He has not yet been cleared for freshman eligibility.
Posted on: August 7, 2010 12:47 pm
Click this link to read my Five for Friday column.
It's all about Josh Selby.
Posted on: August 5, 2010 2:07 pm
McDonald's All-American Josh Selby hasn't yet been cleared to play at Kansas because of questions the NCAA has about the legitimacy of his amateur status, multiple sources have told CBSSports.com.
Selby was rated by Rivals.com as the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2010. He's one of three consensus top 15 recruits now known to be at risk of not being certified to compete as a freshman because of academic or amateurism concerns. Also in that group is Selby's cousin, Will Barton, a freshman at Memphis who was ruled ineligible by the NCAA on Wednesday because of issues about his academic background, sources told CBSSports.com. The third player is Enes Kanter, a freshman at Kentucky whose past involvement with a professional team in his native Turkey continues to be scrutinized.
According to sources, the NCAA is looking into, among other things, a relationship between Selby and Robert Frazier, the business manager for NBA star Carmelo Anthony. More commonly known in basketball circles as "Bay," Frazier is, like Selby and Anthony, a Baltimore native. He acknowledged to the <em>New York Times</em> in April that he served as an "advisor" to Selby and his mother, Maeshon Witherspoon, throughout the recruiting process. Sources said the NCAA has spent months investigating the details of that relationship in an attempt to determine whether Selby's amateur status has been compromised.
Kansas coach Bill Self did not return a message from CBSSports.com seeking comment.
KU officials declined comment.
They cited school policy.
Posted on: May 4, 2010 10:54 am
Edited on: May 4, 2010 10:54 am
Scout.com and Rivals.com have both finalized their Class of 2010 rankings.
Harrison Barnes tops Scout.com's list.
Josh Selby tops Rivals.com's list.
I'll go with Barnes because he's the total package -- a high-level talent and high-quality young man. There's about a 0.01 percent chance he won't be a successful college and NBA player. Or a Senator. Or President. Or something similarly awesome. I'm not exaggerating when I tell you Barnes might be the single most impressive high school kid I've ever met. He deserves whatever he gets in life, including the No. 1 overall ranking in his class.
Anyway, here's the Top 10 for each:
----- Scout.com's final Class of 2010 rankings -----
Posted on: April 17, 2010 8:55 pm
Edited on: April 17, 2010 9:04 pm
McDonald's All-American Josh Selby ended his recruitment Saturday by committing to Kansas.
The 6-foot-2 guard announced his decision during the Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden. MaxPreps.com ranks Selby as the No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2010. He was committed to Tennessee for about a year before famously decommitting last July. The Baltimore native considered many schools but ultimately settled on Kansas, where he'll be expected to make a major impact given the losses of Sherron Collins, Xavier Henry and Cole Aldrich.
Selby's commitment leaves just two of the top 10 prospects from the Class of 2010 uncommitted.
They are No. 6 Terrence Jones and No. 9 Cory Joseph.