After what could only be described as a completely disappointing freshman year at Kansas, most experts expected highly touted freshman point guard Josh Selby to return to Lawrence for another season. Yeah, about that.
According to Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD is reporting that Selby has been working out in Las Vegas at Impact Basketball in preparation to enter the 2011 NBA Draft. This could be a gigantic mistake by the young man.
For those who don’t know, Selby entered Kansas with gigantic expectations. Rivals.com had him as the No. 1 rated high school prospect in the nation in 2010. After committing to Kansas, Selby’s relationship with Robert “Bay” Frazier was thoroughly investigated by the NCAA. Frazier is the business manager for Carmelo Anthony, and Selby had acknowledged a friendship with both men as they are all Baltimore natives. Because of the relationship with Frazier, Selby was not cleared to play by the NCAA.
On November 21, 2010 the NCAA finally ruled on Selby’s eligibility, suspending him for nine games and ordering him to pay $4,607.58 to a charity for receiving “improper benefits.” So Selby’s freshman campaign didn’t even start until December 18.
When he did play, Selby looked out of sync and not the superstar many expected. The talent was certainly there, but his playing time decreased as the season went on because of his inconsistent play.
Selby finished the season averaging 7.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.0 turnovers and 0.8 steals in 20.4 minutes per game. He shot just 37.3 percent from the field and 36.2 percent from 3-point range, while making 75.7 percent of his free throws.
Selby is currently thought of as a borderline first round pick. ESPN’s Chad Ford has him rated as the draft’s seventh best point guard and the No. 44 prospect overall.
Unlike fellow freshmen Harrison Barnes, Brandon Knight and Jeremy Lamb, Selby’s performance in the NCAA tournament didn’t help boost his stock at all. He shot just 6-for-20 from the field (3-for-10 from beyond the arc) in Kansas’ four tournament games.
The scouting report on the 6’2, 183-pound point guard is as follows: He’s athletic and attacks and has an NBA-ready body. He has range on his jumper and is effective going to the hoop, while maintaining aggressiveness on the defensive end. But he isn’t a pure point, he doesn’t get teammates involved and works best when trying to get his. Can be selfish and takes bad shots. Probably a symptom of growing up always being the go-to guy.
His early season suspension, an ankle injury in February (which forced him to miss three games) and the perception that he’s immature all have contributed to send Selby’s stock plummeting. He’d be best served by growing up a little, returning to Kansas next season, being a model citizen and improving his performance on the court.