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Top-rated Kansas hoops recruit Selby still not cleared by NCAA


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

Josh Selby's relationship with Robert Frazier -- Carmelo Anthony's business manager -- is one of the issues being probed. (US Presswire)  
Josh Selby's relationship with Robert Frazier -- Carmelo Anthony's business manager -- is one of the issues being probed. (US Presswire)  
Selby was rated by 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 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 New York Times 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 seeking comment Wednesday or Thursday.

He has since released a statement.

"I have received several calls about the article," Self said. "As has been mentioned previously, we do not comment on recruits until they arrive on campus for the fall semester. I will say, as we have experienced in the past in our program, it is not at all unusual for the NCAA to look into many of the country's top-rated recruits each year for any number of reasons."

Witherspoon spoke to the Lawrence Journal-World on Thursday.

"We’d like it to get resolved quickly like anybody would so Josh will be able to play," Witherspoon told the paper. "I personally don’t see any problems with the NCAA. Josh has not yet been cleared. I’m sure there are other kids [who] have not been cleared as standard procedure. I don’t anticipate us having any problems whatsoever with the NCAA. I can’t control what people say. I can’t control hearsay. My statement is I don’t foresee any problems at all."

The Journal-World asked Witherspoon to speak about Frazier, but she declined. “With all due respect, I’m not talking about him because there’s nothing to talk about," she said. "I just don’t see any problems with my son."

Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for and frequent contributor to the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts the highest-rated sports talk radio show -- The Gary Parrish Show -- in the history of Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two children and a dog.

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