Kansas Men's Basketball Signs Standout Guard Josh Selby to National Letter of Intent
April 18, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas head coach Bill Self announced that guard Josh Selby (6-2, 183) has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Jayhawks. Selby joins KU fall signee Royce Woolridge of Phoenix.
Ranked No. 4 overall and the No. 2 point guard by Rivals.com, Selby, a 2010 McDonald’s All-American from Baltimore, Md., announced Kansas as his college of choice at the Jordan Brand Classic all-star game at Madison Square Garden in New York Saturday.
“This is a big day for our basketball program,” Self said. “We felt like losing the caliber players we lost off of last year’s team, that we really needed to hit a home run from a talent standpoint in the spring signing and we’ve done that with Josh. He’s a point guard that can score. He’s a playmaker. He can be a great facilitator and also a great finisher himself. We’ve been really fortunate to have really good guards here, but certainly Josh is the most highly recruited guard that we have signed since we have been at Kansas.”
Selby played his senior year of high school basketball at Baltimore’s Lake Clifton High School. Last season, Selby averaged 32 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals for the Lakers. Prior to Lake Clifton he played two seasons of high school basketball at DaMatha High School.
“We are so appreciative to Maeshon (Witherspoon), Josh’s mother, for how they handled the recruiting process and how they have raised Josh,” Self said. “We are excited to have the entire family come be a part of our family.”
“Josh comes from Lake Clifton High School which has a solid reputation in producing great players,” Self added. “He has been extremely well coached by Herman Harried, who has been great for Josh in his development as a player and as a young man.”
“The most challenging thing was picking the school that I wanted to go to,” said Selby during a first-half media timeout at the Jordan Brand game televised on ESPN2. “I am going to be a Kansas Jayhawk. It’s the best fit for me because I will be able to mature and it will help me get to the next level.”
Selby chose Kansas over Arizona, Connecticut, Kentucky and Tennessee.
“To be honest, I knew from the jump that I was going to go to Kansas,” Selby said in the Jordan Brand postgame press conference. “I just wasn’t quite sure a slight bit because I built a great relationship with the Tennessee coaching staff. But I knew I was home when I chose Kansas.”
Self did not rule out another spring signee to join Selby and Woolridge but he is happy with his current class.
“Although you don’t play the games on paper, on paper we have one scholarship to give and that may or may not be used,” Self said. “One thing I am very comfortable with is Josh and Royce (Woolridge). They are two perimeter players we feel like are going to be very good. Josh is definitely a top-five player in the country and Royce is one of the most underrated players that we recruited and we think has a chance to be terrific. I am very pleased with our recruits so far and certainly won’t rule out the possibility of adding a third player to the class if things fall perfect.”