The first time around, Josh Selby and his family thought making a quick college decision would spare them the hassle of the recruiting process. As it turns out, making a quick decision only confused things. Since de-committing from Tennessee during July, the 6-foot-2 guard from Baltimore (Md.) Lake Clifton has been exploring his options in a way that he didn't get to do so the first time around.
Aided by his high school coach, Herman Harried, a family advisor and his mother Maeshon Witherspoon, Selby has spent the past few weeks hosting college coaching staffs from all around the country at his home and school as he looks to sort out his recruitment.
"All of this has been great," said Witherspoon. "We didn't get to do all of this the first time around so we're really enjoying it."
While hosting coaches from schools like Kentucky (who comes in this Thursday), Connecticut, Kansas, Baylor, Florida State, Indiana and others could be intimidating, Witherspoon – who does most of the talking while her son observes – does her best to keep things light.
"I don't want to call it a formal event, I call it a rap session," said Witherspoon of the visits. "(Josh) sort of sits back. He doesn't do a lot of talking. He'd rather talk to the players that play for the coaches when he takes his visits."
"I think he's comfortable enough to say that his mom is helping him handle all of this."
Since Selby has yet to take a standardized test, he's unable to set up any official visits at this point. However, Witherspoon expects that her son will look to take some unofficial visits after the in home visit process has completed.
Witherspoon also took a moment to address the perception that some have of her son as a malcontent because of his high school transfers from John Carroll and DeMatha. According to her, getting him back to Baltimore was simply a matter of getting her son more manageable days, not because of an attitude problem.
"For a kid to get up every morning and be out of his house at 6 in the morning and not get back until 9 at night. He's really been away from home his first three years," said Witherspoon. "I'm the adult, I made the decisions. If anybody wants to be held accountable for the transfers, I'll take that. I made the decisions, I just think it's unfair for people to say he is a bad kid or a problem child because of it."
Witherspoon also addressed the rumors regarding Selby's de-commitment from Tennessee and speculation that he was being steered by William Wesley -- aka Worldwide Wes -- and Nike to Kentucky. Something she strongly denies.
"I think with dealing with that particular situation I learned that sometimes it's best just to shut up," Witherspoon told Kentucky Sports Report. "No matter how hard I tried to tell the truth, people were going to write what they wanted to write anyway. I felt like I was in a catch 22, I wanted to tell the truth but people didn't want to read the truth or already had their minds made up."
Witherspoon added that Calipari and his Wildcats are on equal footing with the other programs in pursuit of her son. Further, Selby won't be deciding until the spring and it won't be until after he's gotten to know everybody and take some visits that they'll really be able to narrow things down.
"I think the relationship with Kentucky is like any other school right now," said Witherspoon. "We're still getting to know each other. They'll come in and get to know us and present their side."
"No school has an advantage over the other. I think with every school it's just the feeling out, get to know you stage."