HoopsHype Josh Selby rumors

May 21, 2011 Updates
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Ryan Feldman: Chandler Parsons 6'9.75" (6'8.75"), 221, 6'9.5". Jereme Richmond 6'7.25" (6'6"), 207, 6'10.25". Josh Selby 6'3" (6'1.75"), 195, 6'5.25". Twitter

May 19, 2011 Updates

Kansas point guard Josh Selby got an encouraging text message from fellow Baltimore high school star Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday night before Selby interviewed with Knicks brass at the Westin Hotel. “He texted me to stay focused, and I have a clean slate and it’s like starting over,’’ Selby told The Post this morning at the NBA pre-draft camp here. New York Post

May 17, 2011 Updates

Massive group workouts seem to be a big theme in this year's draft proceedings. The Minnesota Timberwolves will be hosting a group workout with as many as 24 draft- hopeful participants, with representatives from 22 to 28 teams expected to be in attendance. Jonathon Givony of DraftExpress has confirmed 20 of the 24 players that will be participating in the two-day workouts scheduled for May 23-24, 2011. The list of guards confirmed for the Minnesota workout includes Butler's Shelvin Mack, Michigan State's Kalin Lucas, Iowa State's Diante Garrett, Michigan's Darius Morris, Kansas' Josh Selby, Boston College's Reggie Jackson and UCLA's Malcolm Lee. Examiner

May 14, 2011 Updates

"I don't really pay attention to the draft picks," said Selby. "As long as I get drafted I will be cool with that. One of my goals was just to get drafted. If I get drafted, I am just going to have to work hard and do what I have to do to get on a team." HoopsWorld

Selby is a year older than other freshmen because attended multiple high schools and changed his mind about which university to commit to, plus he grew up in a tough Baltimore neighborhood which all brings some baggage that NBA teams may be concerned about. "Everybody has the perception that I am like a thug or I come off as a thug but that is not me at all," said Selby. "I am (really) an outgoing and funny person." HoopsWorld

May 13, 2011 Updates

He's turned himself into the most impressive prospect among the 30 currently training at Impact under the watchful eye of Joe Abunassar, who works out draft hopefuls each spring and also trains several NBA veterans each summer, including Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. A couple of those veterans — Corey Maggette and Al Harrington — are already back to start their offseason workouts and have spent some time helping their potential NBA opposition. "(Selby) has been the most pleasant surprise," said Abunassar, a former NCAA Division-I assistant coach. "I don't think anyone knows really how good he is." Yahoo! Sports

Finally, a midseason ankle injury caused Selby to miss three games at a critical juncture of the season. When he returned, he wasn't the same. He lost much of his quickness and was ineffective for the rest of the year. With point guard Tyshawn Taylor returning to school and Elijah Robinson the point guard in waiting, Selby decided he'd be better served jumping to the NBA. "Sometimes you just have to decide what is best for your career," Selby said. "I loved the guys at Kansas. I loved that for the first time in my life, I really had some stability, a roof over my head, steady meals and a support system. But I felt like my game may be better suited at the NBA. I know it's a risk, but my whole life has been about taking risks." ESPN.com

April 17, 2011 Updates

Today, and for the foreseeable future, Josh Selby will need all the strength he can summon. On Thursday, he announced via Twitter that he’ll forgo his last three years of college eligibility and enter the NBA draft. It was not a popular decision by the 20-year-old. His freshman season was so disappointing that it seemed a foregone conclusion he would return to school, if for no other reason than to regain the respect he had a year ago, when he committed to KU as Rivals.com’s top-rated recruit for 2010. Selby missed the Jayhawks’ first nine games this past season because of an NCAA suspension for accepting impermissible benefits from his mentor, Robert “Bay” Frazier. Once on the court, however, he started his career on fire, scoring 21 points and hitting the game-winning three-pointer against Southern California. But he injured his foot in January, and that hindered his explosiveness the rest of the season. After all of the build-up, he averaged just 7.9 points per game. Kansas City Star

Selby has never lacked fire. He has always overflowed with energy, and it’s been hard for him to stay in one place too long. This year in Kansas was always supposed to be just that — one year. So what if he started the season projected as a lottery pick and finished it as a likely late first-rounder? What about his dream? And, most importantly, what about his mom? “To be honest, I worry about her more than she worries about me,” Selby said in a recent interview with The Star. “She can sleep at night. I can’t sleep at night because I want her to have everything in the world. I just stay up all night, till about 3 or 4 in the morning, just worrying about, ‘What do I gotta do to make sure my mom has everything she wants?’ Because she deserves it.” Kansas City Star

Selby says the turning point came during his eighth-grade year, when he found a good influence in friend Dwayne Wheeler, who was two years older. Selby watched the way Wheeler fought only when he had no other option and sought to emulate him. He didn’t want to get swept up in the violence like so many others he knew. “In one year, I had about six people close to me get killed, all gunshots,” Selby said. “Seeing stuff like that wakes you up. You want to be dead or you want to be something? I want to be something. I want to see my mother happy. I’m tired of seeing my mom crying at night worrying about if her son is gonna live, go to jail. I had to change my life around.” Kansas City Star

April 15, 2011 Updates

And he might not be worth a first-round pick, either. If the McDonald's All-American was hoping to use Kansas as a springboard to the top five of the NBA Draft, he failed miserably. The NCAA suspended Selby for the first nine games of the season, then Bill Self basically benched him the final nine. That means a coach who has won seven straight Big 12 titles and a national championship -- i.e., a Hall of Fame coach -- got a close look at the combo guard from Baltimore and decided he couldn't really help the Jayhawks all that much. So consider yourself warned, NBA general managers. "He's drawing lots of Willie Warren comparisons," DraftExpress.com's Jonathan Givony said. CBSSports.com

Kansas says star freshman guard Josh Selby is declaring for the NBA draft. The 6-foot-3 Selby was rated overall No. 1 prospect in the nation when Kansas coach Bill Self signed him last year. He was suspended the first nine games by the NCAA for amateurism violations and missed several more with a foot injury. Selby tweeted Thursday that he will miss Allen Fieldhouse but was looking forward to "a new journey." ESPN.com

April 12, 2011 Updates

When Kansas coach Bill Self asked for the freshmen on his team to walk to the front of the room at the Jayhawks’ annual banquet on Monday night in Lawrence, freshman guard Josh Selby was nowhere to be found. Self said Selby was still in Las Vegas working out and gathering information about where he could be picked in the June NBA draft. He also said a decision should be coming in the next few days. “I talked to (his mother) today, and that decision is coming real soon,” Self said. “He’s done the work he needs to do to academically pass his classes, but he’s been gone now six days. If he’s going to come back, then he’ll be coming back real soon. If not, then he won’t. But certainly he’s going to salvage the semester academically and pass his classes, which is good.” Kansas City Star

April 7, 2011 Updates

Josh Selby – Immediately after Selby committed to Kansas, he made it clear how long he expected to be in Lawrence. "God willing one year," he said at the time. "But I have to get where I need to be." After a disappointing freshman season that hurt his stock, it seemed like Selby would be returning for his sophomore season. However, that doesn't appear to be the case. Apparently, he got where he needed to be because he's currently working out at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas. He's one of the only players in attendance that hasn't declared and he's missing classes to be there. Sources close to Selby continue to say that he'll declare soon. While Bill Self has stated that no decision has been made, Selby's camp and a certain agent would be very surprised if he returned to school. HoopsWorld

April 6, 2011 Updates

Kansas University freshman guard Josh Selby hasn’t declared for the 2011 NBA Draft ... yet. Tuesday’s news that the 6-foot-2 Baltimore native is in Las Vegas working out at Impact Basketball with famed trainer Joe Abunasser, seems to indicate he’s leaning heavily in the direction of playing for pay, however. “He’s in Vegas working out. He has no agent. He hasn’t declared for the draft. He hasn’t done anything except work out,” Selby’s mom, Maeshon Witherspoon, said Tuesday in a phone interview. “There’s been no decision. He could come back to school. He could leave,” she added. Lawrence Journal-World

Impact Basketball’s official website refers to Abunasser as “the world’s top basketball trainer and trainer to the pros.” College players must pay their own way to work out at such a facility. “Josh went to Las Vegas with our permission to work out a few days to get a feel for where he’d potentially be (in 2011 NBA Draft). It’s something we did not discourage. We are fine with it,” Self said. “He has not declared (for draft) nor is he committed to an agent. We said he could have a few days to get a better feel for where he is by working out with some folks in Vegas. “As far as schoolwork, he is OK there. He has put himself in a position he could afford to miss a few days. He will need to get back by next week,” Self added. Lawrence Journal-World

April 5, 2011 Updates

Though Kansas freshman Josh Selby hasn't officially declared for the NBA draft, the 6-2 guard is in Las Vegas working out at Impact Basketball, according to his mom. Maeshon Witherspoon, Selby's mom, told The (Lawrence) Journal-World Tuesday that while Selby is working out in Las Vegas, he is still enrolled in classes at Kansas and has yet to hire an agent. "He's in Vegas working out. He has no agent. He hasn't declared for the draft," Witherspoon said. "He hasn't done anything except for work out. There's been no decision. He could come back to school. He could leave." USA Today

Alex Kennedy: Josh Selby will enter the NBA Draft and hire an agent, according to sources. He's currently working out at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas. Twitter

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