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April 15, 2010

Josh Selby will reveal college choice Saturday

During halftime of the Jordan Brand Classic on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, Lake Clifton point guard Josh Selby will announce to the world where he will play college basketball. josh-selby-lake-clifton-basketball.jpg

"I don't know [what school he will choose], to be honest with you," said Maeshon Witherspoon, Selby's mother. "Whatever he does is going to be between him and God. Those are the only ones that know."

Arizona, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee are all under consideration. Selby said Thursday that all five programs are on equal footing.

"I don't know where I'm going to go yet," he said. "I'll probably decide by [Friday]. ... All five schools [are in the mix]. I'm just going to go out there and make the pick. It's going to be good to get it over with."

One trait all five programs share is a need at guard. Kentucky will lose freshman John Wall to the NBA, but on Wednesday, the Wildcats secured a commitment from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., point guard Brandon Knight. Knight is Rivals.com's top-ranked player in the 2010 class, but Selby said he's unconcerned with the decisions other players make.

"I'm really not paying attention [to other commitments and departures] because it really [doesn't] have an effect."

The Volunteers were somewhat of a surprise late addition to Selby's final list. Selby, Rivals.com's No. 4 senior in the country, committed to Tennessee in Sept. 2008 before backing out of his pledge last July.

"We've always had a relationship with [Volunteers assistant coach Steve] Forbes. We've always talked to Coach Forbes," Witherspoon said. "Josh knows a lot of the players, especially Tobias Harris and Scotty Hopson. They've been trying to recruit him. He spent time with Tobias Harris at the McDonald's game."

Kansas, meanwhile, has a gaping hole at point guard with the impending graduation of Sherron Collins. Selby has made a few visits to Lawrence already, so there's a definite comfort level there with "the coaching staff and the players," he said.

"[I'm looking for] a coach who can mature me on and off the court, and get me to the next level so I can achieve my goals," Selby said.

Witherspoon has handled all the details of Selby's recruitment from the start. She called the process a "surreal" experience, but is grateful for the attention and opportunities provided to her son.

"It's kind of like just going through every emotion," Witherspoon said. "It hasn't hit yet that he's been invited to participate in these games that most kids dream of playing in."

Baltimore Sun photo of Josh Selby by Kenneth K. Lam / Jan. 19, 2010

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:51 AM | | Comments (19)
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Again, why isn't Maryland in the consideration? If I'm correct, we NEED a point guard.

Selby does not have the grades or a high enough s.a.t to go to Maryland so stop the whining about that. Selby is going to Kentucky for one year and leaving. Just another high school player with no dreams of a education its all about getting to the NBA as quick as you can.

My sources tell me Kentucky. You heard it here first (unless you already talked to my sources too).

Shane - lose the negativity. MD has 2 incoming point guards, next year: Terell Stoglin & P'Shon Howard. You must really follow the team closely - not knowing that common knowlege. Go find another team to cheer against.

Did Ross sign yet?

My prediction: Connecticut...then he transfers to Kansas.....then he transfers to Morgan State.

Sound familiar? JC-Dematha-Lake......Jon is right, grades/SATS arent there and he is the polar opposite of a Gary Williams player.

Talmadge3 are they as good as Shelby?

he is going to kansas

he's going to KU. every website is indicating it.

I remain skeptical of a young man who leaves DeMatha and ends up at Lake Clifton. I wonder if he is the caliber student-athlete a reputable program would be interested in. He sounds like a 1 and done.

SELBY IS GONE TO KU THAT IS THAT

KU FAN WILL LOVE SELBY

Don't forget about Arizona, they have a solid chance at landing him. Sean Miller is building Arizona back to the powerhouse Lute Olsen had it at.

Transfers from school to school. not smart enough to get into MD. 1 and done in the college ranks......yawn......next story please.

Shane. It's not like Gary didn't try - sheesh - beyond the academics mentioned above it sounds like he wants to go to the highest profile school and one & done it. Its a two way street - Selby has to WANT to come to Maryland too - you can't just kidnap a recruit (though I guess at certain schools you may be able to sweeten the pot from what we hear). I was hoping we were past the everything is Gary's fault approach.

hmmmm, sounds like Kentucky to me - but any of the schools will serve his purpose. Good luck to him - hope it works out.

As an MD fan, I'm not terribly interested in Selby either, but I still don't believe that MD's academic standards are any higher than any other school. Remember, MD has the lowest graduation rate for its mens basketball in the ACC. I agree that Gary Williams has a moral code that precludes him from pursuing 1 and dones and player looking for a quick start, but MD has more than its share of boneheads, dropouts, and lawbreakers. Gary has had seniors fail off the team, players get arrested, players w/police records, etc. And our grad rate was 0 not more than a couple of years ago.

Josh - you are looking at terribly old data. UMD has done aterrific job the past 5 years of graduating basketball players. The overall graduation rate for the student body is what you shoot for. And despite what you think, UMD is one of the top state colleges in the country.

It's not surprising to see the schools above going for Selby. They represent the coaches who have the least respect (sleazy) in the coaching industry, especially Calhoun.

Not Maryland. theres my surefire 1000% gaurantee for the day.

Good response Rob K but not enough, apparently Josh has about the same grades as the alleged MD Basketball players,all he spouts is out of date information,innuendo and I guess he is including football players as Gary's problem as well. And are you kidding me he can't believe that MD's academic standards are any higher than anybody else's? Seriously? You think Calipari at Kentucky has to worry about a kid qualifying if he wants him? Calhoun? Ask Memphis what their academic standards were under Big John. How about Beasley and Arkansas? You want to tell us that MD isn't Duke, we already know that but like Rob said,don't hold the basketball players standards up any higher than the student populations. We're talking Gary now,not Bob Wade. Give it a rest,I'll take a Williams run program every day of the week you guys can have your one & dones,your Calipari's and AAU "assistant coaches" that get hired to bring in guys like Beasley, I'm proud of my school for what it is and will be,not for the "bought" hardware on the shelf.

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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