Louisville high on Selby's list

It was a star-studded weekend in Louisville. Josh Selby, a Top 10 junior guard from Hyattsville (Dematha), MD., was one of the bigger stars in town to visit the Cardinals. Selby just returned home from Louisville and the Cardinals are strong with Scout.com's No. 2-rated point guard.

"It went pretty well," Selby said. "The thing that I liked most about Louisville was (Coach) Pitino and the players. The atmosphere at the football game was wonderful, especially when the (basketball) team was on the field and got a standing ovation from the fans."

Selby's weekend excursion wasn't his first visit to Louisville. The 6-foot-2 five-star prospect also made an official visit to Louisville back in June. This time around, Selby had a chance to ‘feel' a game-day atmosphere when he took in the Louisville-Kentucky football game at PJCS.

"I like Louisville and the family atmosphere," Selby said. "And the fans treat the players like they're superstars. I love their campus and dorm. The coaching staff seems cool and they're good at (player) development. Right now (Louisville) is high up on my list."

Selby also had a chance to sit down and chat with Pitino about the possibility of playing for the Cardinals in two years.

"He was just explaining to me that I'm the kind of guard that doesn't have to worry about what position I'm going to play or about playing time," said Selby. "He said I have the talent to get to the NBA but I just need to work on the fundamentals. He said that he wants me to come to Louisville and he'll help get me to the NBA."

Selby was one of a large and impressive contingent of 2010 visitors, including 6-9 Jeremy Tyler, 6-4 Doron Lamb and 6-8 Tobias Harris. "I was hanging out with certain groups and players and we mainly stayed in their rooms," Selby said. "Jeremy Tyler was around me a lot. And I bonded with all of (Louisville's) players."

Besides Louisville, the talented Hyattsville, MD. guard is also considering Tennessee, Florida, Texas, Marquette and Xavier. "There's no leader. Those are the one's I'm looking at," Selby said.

Selby said he's planning to visit Tennessee later this month and might trip to Florida next month. "Texas is also trying to get me down there," Selby said.

Now that Selby is familiar with Louisville, Pitino is hoping the star guard will choose the Cardinals.

"I'm going to make a decision between now and November 2009," Selby said. "I'm looking for a second home and a program that is going to develop me as a man and a player.

"Rick Pitino has coached in the pros and I know he can develop me as a player and as a man," Selby added. "Louisville's got a shot."

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