Josh Selby is one step closer to being able to play basketball for Kansas University during the 2010-11 season.
KU coach Bill Self on Wednesday said Selby, a 6-foot-2 freshman point guard from Baltimore, has been cleared academically by the NCAA. The organization, however, continues to look into Selby’s amateur status, thus he will be held out of games until the that aspect of Selby’s eligibility situation is ruled upon.
“Josh’s status for competition hasn’t changed,” Self said Wednesday in a release. “While he has met NCAA academic requirements to be on aid, practice and compete this year, we continue to work with the NCAA as we review his amateur status. We will not play Josh in games until that process is complete and a decision is rendered.
“We support and respect the process, and hope that it is over sooner rather than later. But we don’t expect a decision on this before the regular season begins (on Nov. 12). We will not comment further until the process is complete,” Self added.
Self — his Jayhawks play exhibition games against Washburn on Tuesday and Emporia State on Nov. 9 — was willing to discuss Wednesday’s news — that Selby’s academic transcript had been OK’d by college basketball’s governing body.
Had Selby been ruled academically ineligible and thus a nonqualifier, he would have had to relinquish his KU scholarship and graduate from a junior college to be eligible to play NCAA basketball. As a likely one-and-done player (to the NBA), Selby never would have suited up for KU.
“We’re happy about this. We knew it would take some time. The NCAA said it’d get all the information, look at all the information and did,” an upbeat Self told the Journal-World in a phone conversation.
“I would say the Eligibility Center was good to work with throughout the entire process, and we certainly learned some more things about the process (than known before this case).”
Self declined to comment about specifics of the amateurism portion of the case.
The NCAA is looking into Selby’s relationship with Robert Frazier, business manager for Carmelo Anthony. Frazier was an adviser to Selby and Selby’s mom, Maeshon, during the recruiting process and made some recruiting trips with Selby.
Ladies Night Out: More than 400 women have signed up for tonight’s Ladies Night Out with Bill Self, guaranteeing a minimum of $40,000 will be raised for breast-cancer research.
Registration is 5 to 6 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse. Walk-up registration is available for $125.
Attendees will get an inside look at KU basketball, with discussion topics such as a player’s perspective of “a day in the life,” weight training and nutrition, highlight videos and a Q&A session with current players, staff and Self and his wife, Cindy.
The group will tour KU’s new facilities. While on the fieldhouse floor, women in attendance will have stations where they will be tutored in shooting and dribbling. The evening will end with autograph and photo opportunities in Booth Family Hall of Athletics.
Jayhawks for a Cure is a coordinated effort to bring KU student-athletes, coaches and staff together to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.
“It’s already much bigger than what we anticipated,” said Kyle Keller, KU’s third-year video coordinator. “Coach Self is really pleased to give back to a cause that has affected each and every one of us. All of us have been affected by it (cancer) in some way.”
Keller said those in attendance might want to bring cameras, with picture opportunities galore.