Archive for Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Bill Self says Josh Selby is cleared academically, but his amateurism remains in question

KU coach doesn’t expect a decision by the NCAA before the regular season opens

Kansas recruit Josh Selby warms up prior to the start of the Jordan Brand Classic Saturday, April 17, 2010, at Madison Square Garden.

Kansas recruit Josh Selby warms up prior to the start of the Jordan Brand Classic Saturday, April 17, 2010, at Madison Square Garden.

October 27, 2010, 3:21 p.m. Updated October 28, 2010, 12:00 a.m.


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.


LJ Whirled 7 years, 7 months ago

Just walk away, Renee. The guy is a one-and-done type, so you're looking at a season with him, then he's gone. Why risk your program and your reputation on a shady character?

d_prowess 7 years, 7 months ago

Hopefully there is an NBA lockout next year so he stays for 2 years!

Lee Eldridge 7 years, 7 months ago

What makes you say he has a "shady character"? That's not what I've heard at all.

Daniel Kennamore 7 years, 7 months ago

Anything KU = Shady

Didn't you get the memo?

Larry Bauerle Jr. 7 years, 7 months ago

How the crap is that any better? And how the crap would you know?

DRsmith 7 years, 7 months ago

Attack the original poster all you want but if there was nothing shady he would be playing already. NCAA is looking into his relationship with his "mentor". So with that fact alone you could say it is "shady". To argue there is nothing shady because he came out with a nice cliche quote, doesn't mean everything is straight. In the end I hope the kid gets to play though.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 7 months ago

If this kid had grown up in an upper-middle class family, there'd have been no need for a mentor. Without such mentors, top-level universities would have to write off inner city schools and kids in their recruiting. The NCAA knows that, so Selby will get the OK to play sooner rather than later.

Canadian_Jayhawk 7 years, 7 months ago

If KU wants to compete with Calipari and UK in recruiting, it's necessary to take risks on great players like this.

The same thing happened to John Wall last year, I don't anticipate this will go on that much longer.

ralphralph 7 years, 7 months ago

Calipari is your role model ... swell.

Robert Rauktis 7 years, 7 months ago

"Yeah, one-and-doners never did any program any good : John Wall, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose"

Remind me...which championship teams have these guys played on?

ralphralph 7 years, 7 months ago

Frazier is just a kindly old fella, just lookin after the good of the po' young'uns. He's not just another Pump Brother, pimpin' one-and-doners to the highest bidder. I wuz rongh.

BigAl 7 years, 7 months ago

Lighten up Francis. The kid was the #1 recruit in all the land and Bill Self got him. At this point, the NCAA is still investigating. Apparently it isn't obvious that he is or isn't eligible otherwise the NCAA would have already determined. As far as being "shady" that is just nuts. So far, the NCAA and several high profile universities didn't find anything shady about the kid or the situation, unlike some of you. If the NCAA determines someting "shady" then so be it but so far, nothing.

A super kid named Darnell Jackson was forced to sit out 5 games, or so, because of improper benefits. I suppose you consider him "shady" as well.

Jim Williamson 7 years, 7 months ago

Anyone who's aware of even some of the things Josh went through as a kid knows why a mentor and friend was a godsend to him and his mom. Instead, though, it's just easier to think we know Josh Selby's character because he's black, poor, from a big city and plays basketball. You people kill me.

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