JOSH SELBY RESIDUE IS HURTING KANSAS BASKETBALL & RECRUITING. By Wayne Hodges
LAWRENCE, Kan – Ladies and Gentlemen, the cat’s officially out the bag. Thanks to disgruntled Jayhawk Josh Selby, the University of Kansas’ storied men’s basketball program is now known as the ‘Crabs in a Barrel’ capital of Big 12 hoops. As I reported a couple weeks ago, Selby is singing like a canary.
Selby, last season’s top recruit who was selected 49th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2nd round of this year’s NBA Draft, has complained to the press and Memphis officials saying Kansas head coach Bill Self held him back.
“I know Josh is disappointed the draft didn’t quite go his way. It was an up and down season for him this year at the University of Kansas, but now this is the beginning of his professional career. We’re starting here with a blank slate, and we’re anxious to see what this very talented young man can do,” said Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace.
“It’s all up to him now. He’s jumping on what we call a moving train coming off the best season of the franchise. Josh, the challenge is for you to come in here, show us your talent and make coach (Lionel) Hollins have to play you, OK?”
Veteran guard Kim English of the Missouri Tigers is a good friend of Selby. Both players hail from the Baltimore area and they converse regularly. English interviewed with Steven St. John of Sports Radio 810′s Boarder Patrol a few days ago. Check out what he had to say.
Kim English: “He (Selby) has a rough year last year, and that wasn’t the best situation for him. I wish he would have gone to Tennessee or Kentucky where he could just let go and run…He was promised some things that he didn’t get. They were loving him against USC and Michigan and they slipped on him but I’m just happy he made it. I hope he never has to go back there in his life.”
Steven St John: “So its pretty safe to say he thinks he (Josh Selby) made the wrong decision to go to Kansas?”
Kim English: “Yes”
What did Kansas promise him?
A shiny new porsche?
A harem of hot chicks?
Self is understandably upset at rumors saying he tried to prevent Selby from leaving Kansas after an underwhelming freshman season. Word on the street claims Self criticized Selby’s athleticism to NBA scouts with hopes of damaging his draft stock.
If the accusation is true, the ploy definitely worked. Selby damn near went undrafted.
“You shouldn’t use certain words over the airwaves, but that’s absolute crap,” said a defensive Self during a recent interview with 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City. “Josh is a very good athlete. Josh is one of the ones that we thought was one of the more athletic kids on our team. That’s how rumors get started.
“A coach’s responsibility is to promote his players, to put them in the best light they can possibly can be. If anybody were to ask me about Josh, they would hear nothing but positive things out of my mouth or anyone in our program’s mouth.”
Touted as the nation’s top recruit and the so-called ‘missing piece’ Kansas needed to contend for another NCAA title, Selby proved to be a colossal disappointment. He missed the first half of the season for accepting impermissible benefits, then got hurt and never found a rhythm.
Selby averaged a Jacque Vaughn-like 7.9 points, shot a horrible 37 percent from the field and had almost twice as many turnovers as assists; not exactly first-round-caliber statistics.
Selby eventually lost his starting job to a pair of future insurance salesmen (Brady Morningstar and Tyrel Reed). And the brotha hasn’t been the same since. “I didn’t have the season everybody expected me to have. I’m just going to try to prove that I’m supposed to be here in this NBA along with everyone else,” said a humble Selby.
“They say I’m cocky. I don’t think I’m cocky at all. I just have a certain way I carry myself. They say I have a temper, a bad attitude. I don’t have that at all.”
Like the loss to VCU, the residue from Selby’s fallout could have long-term implications. Upon hearing the news, top-ten recruit DeAndre Daniels spurned Kansas to sign with UConn; leaving the Jayhawks with their worst recruiting class in the Self era.
It’s no secret other programs are using that against Self when recruiting such talents.
“It’s amazing to me when other coaches and staffs are bright enough not only to be experts on their own programs but on mine as well,” Self said. “People use that against you. People use he’s never had a one-and-done. Well now that Xavier and Josh have left, at least we’ve had the two one-and-dones.”
What’s my take?
Kansas shouldn’t recruit ‘one-and-dones.’
And ‘one-and-dones’ shouldn’t attend Kansas.
IS BONNIE HENRICKSON RAPING KANSAS?
Following the release of a tax form, 990, filed by the University of Kansas’ athletic department for the 2009 calendar year (fiscal year 2009-2010), we now realize just how sweet a deal former athletic director Lew Perkins gave to underachieving women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson.
Bonnie (pictured left), who hasn’t taken one damn team to the NCAA Tournament in 7 years, receives an annual salary of roughly $1.8 million. Can you believe that? $1.8 ‘frickin’ million? Hell, the entire women’s program ain’t worth that. Bonnie says better days are ahead.
“I think we were two games away (from making the tournament),” Henrickson said.
“As young as we were, offensively we made some progress. Defensively, we were worse than when we had less talent. I’m excited about the five freshmen we have coming in. Our recruiting class was ranked 27th, and some of the kids can help us in areas we need help.”
Shaking my head.
What are they smoking at Kansas?
Wayne Hodges, an MBA from St. Mary University, is the Editor-in-Chief of “Mass Appeal News.” He also serves as a contributing writer to YourBlackWorld.com, he’s a Democrat reporter for the Examiner, and he’s a movie critic and journalist with ILoveBlackMovies.com. Wayne welcomes your comments 24/7 at [email protected]