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KU’s Josh Selby circling, waiting on NCAA to tell him to land at Allen Fieldhouse

Kansas guard Josh Selby comes off the bench to celebrate a three pointer by Travis Releford during the second half, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Josh Selby comes off the bench to celebrate a three pointer by Travis Releford during the second half, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

November 10, 2010

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Balanced attack leads KU to 90-59 exhibition victory over Emporia State

Five Kansas players scored in double figures — led by Markieff Morris' 14 points — as the KU men's basketball team defeated Emporia State in its final exhibition game Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Highlights from the Jayhawks 90-59 victory against Emporia State

Video clips from the Jayhawks' 90-59 against Emporia State during Tuesday night's exhibition. Enlarge video

Bill Self post-game press conference: Emporia State

Kansas head coach Bill Self addressed the media after KU's 90-59 victory over Emporia State University Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. Enlarge video

Travis Releford discusses victory over ESU

Sophomore guard Travis Releford addressed the media after KU's 90-59 victory over Emporia State University Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. Enlarge video

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 90-59 exhibition victory over Emporia State on Nov. 9, 2010.

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It’s such a weird dynamic, watching a college basketball team play exhibition games without having a clue if or when a player who might be its best pure talent will be allowed to play.

For now, without Josh Selby, the exciting guard whose amateur status is ... being ... reviewed ... by ... the ... N ... C ... A ... A ... still, Kansas doesn’t have the feel of a particularly deep team on the perimeter or the post, at least until reserve center Jeff Withey builds enough conditioning to play at his best. It also might be a team that is one long-range shooter short for the moment.

The most nagging aspect of Selby having to watch games in street clothes involves the indefinite nature of it. It feels like being on an airplane circling an airport that’s closed, not knowing whether you’ll be able to land in 15 minutes or have to divert to Omaha. At least the Omaha option could set the wheels in motion as to how to get back home.

Other than Late Night, all Selby’s magic here has taken place behind closed practice doors. If that’s frustrating for those who pay to see the Jayhawks play in Allen Fieldhouse, imagine how Selby must feel, reduced to spectator status when all he wants to do is play. To the rest of us outside the practice walls, Selby is like the wrapped Christmas present placed under the tree way ahead of time, which makes time crawl and steals some of the luster from Friday night’s regular-season opener against Longwood University from Farmville, Va.

The show must go on without Selby, and nobody must inform backers of Longwood of that reality. The athletics portion of the school’s website, longwoodlancers.com, has a ticker counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until Longwood tips off against the nation’s No. 7 team.

It’s difficult to draw too many conclusions about KU from Tuesday night’s 90-59 drilling of Emporia State. Thomas Robinson had little trouble down low, collecting 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots, but don’t forget, he looked like a shorter version of Wilt Chamberlain in one of last year’s exhibitions, or so I wrote. Travis Releford scored 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting, but drives to the hoop will encounter taller, quicker, roadblocks when the competition stiffens. Scoring isn’t the most important role for him.

“Coach says if you can defend you can play, so that’s what I try to do so I can stay on the court as much as possible,” Releford said.

Asked what position he feels most comfortable guarding, Releford said, “One, two and three. It really doesn’t matter. I feel I can keep anybody in front of me with my length and my quickness.”

He’ll learn in time that less dribbling in order to keep the ball moving will help him earn minutes, too. Mario Little played poor defense in the first half, but pleased coach Bill Self with his second-half play at that end of the court. It will take facing quicker players to judge how much Elijah Johnson’s defense has improved, and Royce Woolridge doesn’t yet have the look of a rotation player.

This much is certain on the uncertainty front: If and when the NCAA clears Selby, everyone will become a better player, and the team will feel more like a team.

Comments

friendlyjhawk 4 years, 1 month ago

Shelby or no Shelby, coach is working hard to make this team a winner. Looks like the players are working hard too.

tanaumaga 4 years, 1 month ago

Shelby is awesome. awesome horse, awesome car...awesome.

Tom Wilson 4 years, 1 month ago

I challenge Tom Keegan, the author of this article, to write an article covering specific next steps the NCAA has to take in order to make a decision on Josh Selby. The type of articles that have been written lately on the subject are doing nothing more than strumming emotional strings. If a person were facing a felony charge, the path forward, step-by-step, would be known. Even that citizen has a right to a fair and speedy trial. I find it hard to believe the actions remaining are not spelled out. If no one knows what the next steps are, the overall NCAA credibility truly is in the tank.

fabian_zimbabwe 4 years, 1 month ago

I'd love to see that, too. Unfortunately, that would require "investigative journalism," which would require doing extra legwork. Suffice it to say, I'd be pleasantly surprised if he actually did some digging...sigh.

hail2oldku 4 years, 1 month ago

That would require being able to get some information out of the NCAA which never happens.

Seems that situations like this the NCAA pulls the decision out of their rear-ends unless they have strong proof that something was improper. If that were the case, you and KU would already have their answer.

Horace 4 years, 1 month ago

I hate to state the obvious but:

Don't recruit tainted players if you don't want to deal with NCAA investigations.

Did Bill Self really recruit Selby in Bay Frazier's house?

Between this situation and the willful ignorance surrounding Rush's knee injury, one starts to wonder.

CLARKKENT 4 years, 1 month ago

YES HORACE, YOU ARE CORRECT IN YOUR POST. TAINTED HE MAY BE.

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