The drama was gone by the time the opening tip arrived. But with these simple words "I'm going to be a Kansas Jayhawk," Josh Selby ultimately ended the wait and the string of rumors.
For over a month now the word on the street was that Selby was a heavy
KU lean though as recently as March 29th he said he didn't have a
favorite. The original commitment to Tennessee and the rumors that
surfaced since he reopened his recruitment in July no longer matter.
Selby will head to Lawrence to help head coach Bill Self fill the point
guard void left by senior Sherron Collins. Selby ultimately chose
Kansas over Tennessee, Connecticut, Arizona, and Kentucky.
Selby, who's nickname is "Showtime", waited until a TV timeout during
the Jordan Brand Classic to announce his college of choice. Ironically
enough he had just wowed the crowd with a couple of highlight reel
worthy passes on the possessions just before his announcement. Joined
by his mother, Maeshon Witherspoon and his Lake Clifton High School
Coach Herman Harried, Selby spoke about his affection for Self's
personality and his ability to get the job done.
Kansas got the recruiting boost it needed. Selby was a must have and
joins Royce Wooldridge in KU's 2010 recruiting class. I wouldn't put it
past the KU staff to land another player even as the possibilities from
this class start to whittle down. The Jayhawks needed this lift and
needed to land a top prospect in order to solidify itself again as one
of the league's top teams. It is pretty tough not to salivate over the
prospects of Selby joining Tyshawn Taylor in KU's backcourt next
Selby is a 6-2 guard with flash but he knows how to use it. He always
seems to make the right play. He's exciting but equally as tough. He
won the dunk contest at the McDonald's All-American game showing his
explosive ability and he's also showed the desire to work on his game.
It appears he doesn't shy away from a challenge, even on the biggest
day of his young career. ESPN College basketball analyst Jayson Williams competed against Selby in an hour-long one-on-one pre-game
matchup on Saturday. You can tell Selby welcomes a challenge and the
more he's challenged the better he gets.
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