Phew! Finally! Thank goodness! It's about time!
Those were just a few of the many reactions rolling off the tongues of
Kansas fans everywhere as the Josh Selby saga, or umm, ruling was
finally handed down by the NCAA on Friday.
You can debate the fairness of the process, the logistics of the rules,
the relationship between the Selby family and Robert "Bay Frazier, and
the amount of time it took to hand down a decision but at least we now
It would've been priceless to see the relief on his mother Mae's face
when she received the call from KU head coach Bill Self. Or the deep
breath Josh had to have taken once Self informed him at shootaround
prior to the North Texas game that his first game for Kansas would be
December 18th against USC.
The result of a case that Self labeled a "little more complex" was a
nine-game suspension and over $4000 of money that would have to be
It wasn't just finding out when he would take the court that provided
relief it was also finding out IF he would take the floor for Self
someday soon. The ruling that came down involving Enes Kanter at
Kentucky, though a different type of situation, likely sent tremors
through all those who questioned whether Selby would play at KU
including Josh himself.
"I'm happy I got everything over with the NCAA. I did nothing wrong,"
said a relieved Selby. "They made that decision you have to follow
rules. I'm just happy that it turned out not to be the same situation
as Enes Kanter (Kentucky freshman) missing the whole season. I'm happy
to be back out there with my team practicing with them and getting
The road to college basketball action for Selby has been a bit topsy
turvy. He arrived in Lawrence over the summer, dealt with injury, not
being able to take classes, having his academics questioned, taking
classes, not being able to practice, then practicing with the first
team, then practicing with the second team, then for the last two weeks
unable to practice at all because of another NCAA rule. It's been a
trying time for Selby and his family. But according to those around him
he couldn't have handled himself better during such a frustrating time.
"I really am proud of Josh," Self stated. "He's dealt with several
things that would really make a young man's mind clutter. And he's been
mature about this. I think he's really handled it pretty well and his
"It's very hard," Selby admitted. "Your mind wanders not knowing
whether you're going to play. You got your teammates asking you when
you're going to be able to play. Now that we have the date we can just
Forward progress for Selby means it all comes down to preparing for
maiden voyage as a college freshman. He won't have the luxury of
exhibitions to get game ready and no matter what his high school
credentials show, he will receive no special treatment from his head
"I love Josh but he's gotta beat somebody out," Self confirmed. "I mean
let's just call it like it is. And he's capable but he's got to beat
somebody out to have a situation where you walk in and spots yours.
I think his role will definitely be a big part no question but a lot
depends on him and how he picks stuff up and how hard he works and how
well he plays. But I think he's more than capable of playing very well
and picking stuff up very quickly."
When Selby was asked if he worried about expectations his answer was
quick and to the point.
"Nope. Not at all."
"Our expectations should be he's a freshman and he's going to labor and
he's going to have good moments and he's going to have some not so good
moments," Self told reporters. "That would be my expectations so if
those are my expectations I think that outside of us should have
similar expectations. He's a nice talent, he's a good player but he's
got a lot to learn."
After Self finished his statement he turned to his newest point guard
and said "I think you'd agree with that," and Selby nodded in
affirmation saying, "I agree".
So what should the expectations be? There is no doubt in anyone's mind
that Josh makes Kansas a better team with the potential to be a
difference maker. Expect there to be some rust. Expect there to be some
bumps in the road but a December 18th arrival gives Self more than
ample time to prepare this team to win its 7th consecutive Big 12 title
and contend for another NCAA title.
"I'm more excited about our team than I have been because I can see
we've got another scorer on the perimeter, we've got another ball
handler, we've got a guy that will make it much harder to pressure us.
We've got more speed on the perimeter we can pressure," Self said
listing all the qualities that Josh brings.
"There are some positive things that are going on moving forward I'm
excited about the next few games but I'll be real excited end of
January and maybe early February in what we can potentially become."
Kansas fans should be excited no matter how much Self tries to temper
the expectations for Selby and no matter how much both parties agree
the learning curve will impact his success early on.
"I don't think it will take long because our team they do a great job
mentoring you on and off the court," Selby answered when asked how long
before he could jump in. "Along with their help I'll be fine. I fit in
perfect with them."
"He's going to have a coach work with him every possession so he can
just absorb as much as he possibly can so it's as seamless as it can be
at that date (December 18). But I still think it its still going to be
conference play before our team learns how to play with him but that's
ok. It's not ideal but I've certainly dealt with worse situations than
this," said Self with a smile.
There is no plan to appeal the decision since all parties are in
agreement that the rules are pretty black and white in this area. Self
likened it to arguing a ticket for going 70 in a 55 that is for X
amount of dollars. If you did it, you wouldn't argue whether a written
rule or punishment was just, so they won't. Now we wait more, but at
least we know the date to mark down on our calendars.
December 18th the day Josh Selby finally takes the court as a Kansas
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