Lake Clifton's Josh Selby focused on four
Lake Clifton point guard Josh Selby has had a busy year so far.
On the court, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior has guided the No. 5 Lakers to a 12-3 record. Off the court, Selby has kept busy with a high-profile recruitment. Selby, Rivals.com’s No. 4 player in the 2010 class, recently narrowed his list of schools to four.
“His four schools are Arizona, Kansas, Connecticut and Kentucky,” said Maeshon Witherspoon, Selby’s mother.
Selby had previously considered Baylor, Indiana, Miami and Syracuse, along with Kansas and Kentucky. Arizona is the newest addition to Selby’s list, while UConn is back in contention for his services.
“Actually, we had a relationship with UConn first,” Witherspoon said. “They were on the list. We kind of had some miscommunication, so we talked about it and worked it back out.”
Selby and Witherspoon will visit UConn on Feb. 28, when the Huskies host Louisville.
Arizona was able to claim a spot on Selby’s list thanks in large part to Wildcats assistant Emanuel “Book” Richardson, whom Witherspoon has known for quite some time. Selby and Witherspoon have already visited Tucson.
“Arizona is an up-and-coming program with Coach [Sean] Miller,” Witherspoon said. “I think he’s a great coach and I think Arizona’s going to be great. The fans are good, although there weren’t a whole lot of students [at the game we attended] because they were out of school. But the weather was great. Me knowing Book Richardson for awhile, that’s definitely a plus.”
Kentucky has been under serious consideration ever since Selby -- a former Tennessee pledge -- reopened his recruitment last summer. Selby and Witherspoon will visit Lexington on March 7 for the Wildcats’ regular-season finale against Florida.
Kansas, meanwhile, has already hosted Selby and Witherspoon twice. They attended the Jayhawks’ Midnight Madness last fall, and took a trip to Lawrence last weekend to see KU defeat Iowa State.
“The Kansas visit went well,” Witherspoon said. “That was our second time down there. Josh wanted to get that game atmosphere, and I think we accomplished that. I think he had a good time. Kansas is a great place with a great tradition.”
Selby, who is averaging more than 30 points, seven rebounds and seven assists per game for Lake Clifton, was selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game last week. It was an honor that Witherspoon didn’t necessarily expect.
“Actually, I was surprised about the McDonald’s All-American [selection],” Witherspoon said. “I mean, there’s a lot of great point guards out there. I think Josh is Top 10 consensus, but there are a lot of kids that are great guards that didn’t make the McDonald’s game. Things have a way of happening, and it’s a blessing. It’s a humbling experience and it’s an honor for Josh to be in this category as one of the elite kids.”
Witherspoon said Selby doesn’t have a timeline for making a commitment. Right now he’s focused on leading the Lakers to a Baltimore City championship and -- if all goes as planned -- a state title.
“For me as a parent, as far as Josh is concerned, I always enjoy watching Josh play,” Witherspoon said. “I think he has taken his game to a whole other level since he’s been at Lake Clifton. I think that’s mainly due to Coach [Herman] “Tree” [Harried] and the example he sets and the accountability he holds Josh and the whole entire team to. It’s also not as stressful and Josh isn’t as tired as he was last year [traveling] to DeMatha everyday. If he wins the city championship, it will be well worth it.”
Baltimore Sun photo of Josh Selby by Gene Sweeney Jr. / Jan. 26, 2009