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Report: Selby will not return to KU

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.
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Since: Apr 20, 2011
Posted on: April 20, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Report: Selby will not return to KU

Before lashing out at players and calling them "idiots" there are a couple things you should note:

1. This guy is a kid...try not to be so critical so early...Think back when you were 18 or 19...did you make the best career moves?

2. He and his family come from a poor part of balitimore, so taking his talents to the NBA and getting guarnteed millions isn't a bad option...sure beats what we are doing

3. Visit rivals.com, espn.com and go back and look at the top 10 players in high school from the past years, recall there freshman year in college and how they are performing in the NBA now...very surprising

4. I followed step 3  and you know who jumped off the page...Jrue Holiday, he was a top 3 ranked player on every site, went to UCLA and put up similar numbers as Selby, got drafted to the 76ers despite receiving the same criticism....Ask the Miami Heat if Holiday is ready for the NBA




Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2011 12:47 am
 

Dreams and Reality

First, Josh is a good kid. At no time while at KU was he trouble. He maintained a good attitude while suspended and again when benched. He was playing very well until he suffered a serious foot injury. Josh chose to play the rest of the season in pain. It was reflected in his performances. Most thought it would be best for Josh to return to Kansas.

However Josh believes in himself. He finished enough school work to complete the semester while accessing one of the best NBA prep coaches in the country in Joe Abunasser. This served two purposes. One, his foot had healed and he needed to work his timing and explosiveness back into his game. Reportedly he was able to do this. Failing this step made declaring for the NBA untenable because Josh will need to demonstrate his game in team workouts. Second, Josh was able to get an expert assessment at Impact Basketball as to his abiliity and readiness for the NBA. This was also accomplished and was reportedly affirmed that he is a viable draft candidate. This is, of course, contrary to most fan's thoughts but we are not experts and we are not watching him work out. Are KU fans disappointed? Of course. But Tyshawn Thomas and Thomas Robinson returning will be far more important to KU's season next year. They should wish the best for Josh and recognize this opens the door for great Freshmen to commit to KU in the Spring signing period. Specifically Ben McLemore and Trevor Lacey, the first already commited to KU now and the second considering  KU still.

Basketball fans should get used to the revolving door that propels young men toward a career in the NBA. It is to prepare for a career that pepple attend university. When they are ready they can leave. Some stay for masters degrees. Some snag jobs and begin earning earlier. The expectation is that the next CBA between the NBA and the NBAPA will include a 20 year old age limit and the need to wait two years after his high school graduation class before being eligible for the NBA. This seems like a good rule for players and teams and addresses the common complaint of college coaches. I am not sure it is really for the better when European teams begin paying professionals at 14 or 15 years of age. But if it is what David Stern wants, he likely gets it. In any case best of success to Josh Selby. He is following his dream and now must make it reality.



Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2011 11:08 am
 

Report: Selby will not return to KU

Guy gets overshadowed by all the elite players on KU's roster, barely gets on the court to end the season, and serves a suspension for breaking rules, yet somehow still opts to make the jump to the pros instead of working on his game in a basketball town?

Whoever is giving Selby advice on his career is obviously not very good at it.



Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Report: Selby will not return to KU

If this guy gets picked in the first round as a 6'2" shooting guard with zero production in college then the NBA GM that makes that call should lose his job.  At some point, you have to produce, don't you?  I saw 5 or 6 KU games and this guy was barely noticeable.  In fact, Reed and Morningstar were much better players.



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Report: Selby will not return to KU

This is a bit confusing.  I don't know of any incidents he caused while in school. His teammates and coaches seemed to like him.  He clearly did not live up to expectations, but he was injured and lost 9 games to the NCAA.  If he transfers to another D1 school he sits for a year.  If he transfers to a juco, he won't sit, but we will get zero national attention.  If he plays just one more year at KU and does what everyone claims he can do, then he's a lock for first round money even if KU doesn't have a good year in 2012.  Right now he's a lock for nothing.



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 6:14 pm
 

Report: Selby will not return to KU

D-League here he comes!!!  Thing is life is more posh at Kansas than NBA D-League, hope he left the door open to go back to KU.



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 6:01 pm
 

Report: Selby will not return to KU

How many articles is this now about Selby and leaving?  How about we wait till he officially says something before writing about it again.  Its getting old.  Alot of wasted space on a guy who couldn't even play meaningful minutes for KU.



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 5:50 pm
 

Report: Selby will not return to KU

Selby is now considered a borderline first-round pick
Now, if that is at all realistic, he'll never go to a junior college. If he stays in college, he'll go to Kentucky where they know how to "handle" greedy kids with attitudes.



Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: April 14, 2011 5:48 pm
 

Report: Selby will not return to KU

If he gets drafted, I blame the NBA for leading him into thinking he's going to succeed at the professional level.  The guy BARELY should glimpses of what he could do at KU...What makes NBA scouts think he's got pro game? 

It is no wonder that professional sports are in the dire staits their in....



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 5:30 pm
 

Report: Selby will not return to KU

He'll never be a big time player. Why? The old, immutable fact that intelligence outweighs skill level every time. Stupid kids who refuse to convert ignorance to thoughtfulness don't work in pro sports. Nowhere is this more glaring than in basketball, aside from maybe baseball (see Jeff Allison, etc.).


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