Selby's Louisville visit ‘great'

With Peyton Siva, one of the top point guards in the Class of 2009, already in the fold, Louisville is taking a crack at Josh Selby, a 6-2, 180-pound combo guard who is considered one of the top backcourt prospects in the junior class nationally. Selby recently visited Louisville and has the Cardinals on his short list.

With Peyton Siva, one of the top point guards in the Class of 2009, already in the fold, Louisville is taking a crack at Josh Selby, a 6-2, 180-pound combo guard who is considered one of the top backcourt prospects in the junior class nationally. Selby recently visited Louisville and has the Cardinals on his short list.

After strong showings at the NBA camp in Richmond and the Nike Hoop Jamboree in St. Louis, Selby, from Hyattsville (Dematha), Maryland, made an unofficial visit to Louisville June 22-23. According to Selby's AAU coach, Carlton "Bub" Carrington, the talented junior point guard left with a positive impression of Louisville.


"He said it was excellent," Carrington said. "He loved it. He said it was great."

While in town, Selby had a chance to meet with the Louisville coaches and get to know the current players who are on campus. He toured Louisville's impressive facilities, learned about the school and discovered that Louisville has a ‘big' city feel to it.

"He had a great conversation with Coach Pitino on his visit," said Carrington. "Coach (Pitino) talked to Josh a lot about basketball and life."

"Josh was a little bit stunned with Louisville because when he thought of Louisville he thought it was in the country. So that was a little shocking to him. It was a good shock. They have the facilities and everything."

Obviously, with Siva in the fold for Louisville, Selby wants to take his time with his recruitment and make sure he finds the best fit possible. The two talented guards played well together at the NBA camp earlier this month in Virginia and became familiar with each other's game and personality.

"We know they've got Peyton Siva, who is a five-star point guard," Carrington said. "So we'll have to wait and see how that plays out. It really didn't come up on the visit because it's still early and there was no need to talk about that now. Josh did play with Peyton at the NBA camp and he said that was pretty cool. Josh said he was a cool dude and things of that nature. It's just one of those things that we'll wait and see and just let it play itself out."

Selby caught Louisville assistant Richard Pitino's eye at the JamFest in Pittsburgh in April and the Cardinals have been recruiting him for the past two months.

"(Richard) Pitino saw him in Pittsburgh and he has been great in the recruiting process ever since and he has been very persistent," said Carrington. "Josh wanted to go see (Louisville's) campus before July and we just set that visit up. Louisville has a reputation for developing their players and that's one of the reasons he wanted to visit there. Obviously, their style of play and the way they get after it, Josh felt like that was one of the schools that he wanted to see early."

So where do things stand with Selby's recruitment heading into the July evaluation period?

"It's early in the process and he's just taking it all in," Carrington said. "He doesn't want to try to string out people or do the prim donna recruiting thing. He just wants to see where these '09 kids land at and find the best fit for him. He has in mind some schools that he would like to see because they play his style of basketball."

Carrington said Selby is interested in Louisville, Tennessee, Texas, Wake Forest and Maryland. "That's basically it right now," he said.


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