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Originally published August 5, 2010 at 04:00p.m., updated August 6, 2010 at 12:00a.m.

Selby’s eligibility in question; freshman’s mom: ‘ … I don’t foresee any problems at all’

Self releases statement Thursday evening

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.

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The mother of incoming Kansas University freshman Josh Selby is not alarmed that the No. 1-ranked prospect in the Class of 2010 has yet to be cleared by the NCAA to play college basketball because of questions about her son’s amateur status.

Selby not yet cleared by NCAA

KU's top new recruit Josh Selby has not yet been cleared to play by the NCAA. Selby's mother said she is confident no problems will arise from the NCAA's actions.

“I personally don’t see any problems with the NCAA,” Maeshon Witherspoon, said Thursday in a phone interview with the Journal-World.

“Josh has not yet been cleared. I’m sure there are other kids (that) have not been cleared as standard procedure. I don’t anticipate us having any problems whatsoever with the NCAA. I can’t control what people say. I can’t control hearsay. My statement is I don’t foresee any problems at all.”

She responded to a CBSsports.com story that indicated the NCAA “is looking into, among other things, a relationship between Selby and Robert Frazier, the business manager for NBA star Carmelo Anthony.”

Witherspoon told the Journal-World she’s already spoken to NCAA officials and other media outlets about the family’s friendship with Frazier, who said in an April interview with the New York Times he served as an adviser to Selby in the recruiting process.

“With all due respect, I’m not talking about him (Frazier) because there’s nothing to talk about,” Witherspoon told the J-W. “I just don’t see any problems with my son.”

CBSsports.com sources said the NCAA has spent months looking into Selby’s relationship with Frazier to see whether Selby’s “amateur status has been compromised.” Reports of the NCAA’s interest in the matter did not come as a surprise to KU coach Bill Self, who issued a statement late Thursday afternoon.

“I will say, as we have experienced in the past in our program, it is not at all unusual for the NCAA to look into many of the country’s top-rated recruits each year for any number of reasons,” Self said.

It’s not known how long it’ll take the NCAA to clear Selby or indicate any possibly wrongdoing.

“I think we all hope it gets resolved soon,” Witherspoon told the J-W. “We’d like it to get resolved quickly like anybody would so Josh will be able to play.”

The New York Times wrote a long piece about Selby and Frazier in April.

The paper reported that when a host of prospective agents were trying to talk to Selby’s mom, friends recommended Witherspoon speak with Frazier, business manager for Anthony, who like Selby, is from Baltimore.

Witherspoon, the Times wrote, “said she soon recognized Frazier from her elementary school, and now talks regularly with him.”

“Bay’s been a lifesaver; so glad we reconnected,” Witherspoon told the Times. “He’s behind the scenes providing a place for us to meet with coaches and giving so much information. He doesn’t need us. To be honest, we need him.”

Frazier, whose nickname is “Bay,” said there’s been no wrongdoing.

“It’s a new hustle in Baltimore. People think they can take a kid out for a meal or buy him something, but that’s not what I am about. I’ve had relationships with Carmelo and Josh since they’ve been young,” Frazier told the Times.

NCAA rules permit contact between a student-athlete and an agent — as long as the athlete does not agree to be represented by the agent. Selby would be ruled ineligible to play college basketball if he’d entered into a verbal or written agreement to be represented by Frazier.

If Selby accepted improper benefits from Frazier, who according to the Times was in Lawrence for last year’s KU-Missouri game, he’d have to pay back the benefits and likely face a suspension of a couple games, much like the case of Kentucky’s John Wall, who was suspended two games last season.

According to the Times, Selby last year at times had been allowed to drive the Mercedes-Benz of Scottie Bowden, his former principal at Golden Ring Middle School and coach with Selby’s Baltimore Select team.

“He told me he’s going to get me a Benz when he makes the NBA,” Bowden told the Times. “I told him that’s not what this is about. I’m not in this for gain. I’m in it to see him succeed.”

KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said department policy is to “not comment at all on prospects or recruits before they come to campus (in fall).”

Selby is in Chicago with the adidas nations camp, working as a counselor. NCAA officials do not comment on eligibility matters. Self acknowledged in his statement, “I have received several calls about the article. As has been mentioned previously, we do not comment on recruits (eligibility matters) until they arrive on campus for the fall semester.”

Several top athletes have been under scrutiny recently. Selby’s cousin, Memphis frosh Will Barton, was ruled ineligible by the NCAA on Wednesday because of issues about his academic background, sources told CBSsports.com.

Enes Kanter, a freshman at Kentucky, is having past involvement with a professional team in his native Turkey scrutinized, CBS says.

Comments

waywardJay 3 years, 8 months ago

Scatter.... this becomes news if the NCAA finds that Carmelo gave him dollars to go to KU... which wouldn't even make sense because Carmelo would be bankrolling syracuse....

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Scatterhawk 3 years, 8 months ago

Maybe I'm remembering wrong, but didn't it take awhile for Brandon Rush to be declared eligible?

And then two years ago the Morris twins?

How is this news?

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jhwkfan162515 3 years, 8 months ago

This is a no-win situation. Even if Selby is cleared, the corrupt NCAA will probably retroactively rule him ineligible, force us to vacate our season(s), put us on probation, and ban us from the NCAA Tournament.

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tstanlick1909 3 years, 8 months ago

Selby is a pimp, he's going to make the teams we play look like garbage. If you're not on board yet, it's not too late. Get on youtube if you don't believe, see with your own two eyes the things this guy can already do. Anyone on this site that thinks he is a waste of a year, and wants to write him off as anything other than an outstanding talent, isn't someone that is interested in winning. He will be the best player on the court in most every game we play in this season.

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Chad Hallack 3 years, 8 months ago

On a different note... UK's lawyers wrote a letter calling on the Chicago Sun times to take down an article (which they did) claiming UK paid recruit Anthony Davis' father 200K for his son's committment.

The newspapaer has now released another article stating that 3 other schools say that Davis' father asked them for 100K- 150K for his son's commitment. The Sun times is refusing to pull the second story saying their sources are legit. I'm sure John Calipari knows nothing about this... again.

If this story is true, the NCAA is gonna be SUPER PISSED at Kentucky... poor Clevaland St. can't catch a break!

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cobweb 3 years, 8 months ago

Lots of middle school principals with $40,000 salaries drive Mercedes, don't they? What a swell guy to let Josh drive it, too. I feel a tear running down my cheek.

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Steve Gantz 3 years, 8 months ago

Makes me long for the days of Coach Roy. Although memories of every kid and recruitment by Roy have faded, I don't recall a lot of these issues. Of course that was largely before widespread internet usage. Some of these things in a different era would have just passed by with little public knowledge.

On the other hand, a kid with that much talent must have to endure an awful lot of people trying to get to him for their own personal gain. Must be tough.

Maybe we should eliminate again the recently instituted 1 year of college rule. That has got to be the dumbest rule out there. NBA is using colleges as a minor league of which they don't need to pay a dime for. Brilliant!

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cobweb 3 years, 8 months ago

Momma said at first that Josh would stay in school and get a degree. Yeah, suuurrrrre! He will be one and done so fast he'll be a blur.

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Benjamin Piehler 3 years, 8 months ago

ugh. gotta be kidding me. Just when KU finally makes it off the espn website for scandal number whatever. i hope this goes away fast.

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kvskubball 3 years, 8 months ago

I'm interested that not one poster mentioned anything about how the story opens with him having the keys to a Mercedes-Benz...That sounded bad to me...but Paul Harvey got his in at the end of the story...

It was obvious that the writer wanted to paint the story as a scandal to begin...then the writer ends up telling us that a coach allows him to drive his MB....

I would be more concerned with the relationship with the AAU coach....than with the Agent....

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kennethst 3 years, 8 months ago

Jaybate....please comment.....help us through this turbulent time!

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kranny 3 years, 8 months ago

Ask any NCAA div. 1 coach and they will tell you that they would take a OAD player in a heartbeat. It's about the here and now. To put it in persepective, out the hundreds of D1 college basketball players who participated last year, only 7 declared for draft. That's not a lot.

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justanotherfan 3 years, 8 months ago

The NCAA does these investigations so that if allegations arise later, or if there are issues later, they can reopen the case. That's what they did with Reggie Bush. That's what they did with Derrick Rose. That's what they are doing with Renardo Sidney. That's what will happen with probably several others.

The NCAA will clear Selby, just like they will clear Kanter. Selby makes KU a really strong team. Kanter makes UK really strong. The NCAA wants really strong teams. But they also want to be able to go back after the fact (and after all the checks have been cashed) and punish.

Look at USC. They are being punished the next two years for things Reggie Bush did while every player on the current roster was in HIGH SCHOOL. They punished Memphis for Rose's "ineligibility" while Rose won rookie of the year for the Chicago Bulls.

But of course, Bush and USC were big draws. Memphis and Rose were big draws. Punishing those schools after the fact didn't hurt the NCAA, because they sold a lot of jerseys and tickets based on those guys and their teams.

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hammr25 3 years, 8 months ago

The NCAA ignores what Kentucky does? Really? The people commenting here must be too young to remember how OSU got their coach, Shooter, in 1990.

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Jacobpaul81 3 years, 8 months ago

Rush, Arthur, Giddens, Henry... they all went under such scrutiny. I don't see the problem. Selby is the No. 1 recruit and is questionable. The NCAA needs to look it over. Especially after the Bush/Mayo/Wall/Rose Incidents. Also remember, alot came out about Arthur post-NBA Draft as well. He was cleared but his high school education came under serious question when a teacher spoke up. Obviously the NCAA hadn't done enough in his case.

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jhawkrulz 3 years, 8 months ago

Any recruit in the Top 100 should be scrutinized. This is the #1 recruit overall, I see know problem with it. I don't even see a story, but I guess a lot of people are making comments, so that is why it has been published.

I think the easy comment is that he will be cleared shortly and we will be happy, or he won't be cleared and we will be happy that it won't cost us in the future. Either way with an investigation like this, it is a good thing.

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jayhawkinnebr 3 years, 8 months ago

This sounds like what Nebr would do. This is down Doc's alley.

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dynamitehawk 3 years, 8 months ago

The Anthony Davis story with Kentucky is much more interesting...

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/preps/2571594,CST-SPT-cruit06.article

My only conclusion is that I am thankful that Selby does not have a single mustache for both eye brows like Anthony Davis does.

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Joel Hood 3 years, 8 months ago

Regardless of the true ethics of the NCAA, I actually prefer the NCAA give each KU recruit a proctology exam before they touch Naismith Court. There would be nothing worse than to have dirt come out after the fact that forces KU to forfeit a championship.

The worse case scenario here, although very unlikely, is that Selby can't play for KU - yes that would hurt, but not nearly as much as forfeiting your season because a former player now in the NBA. I never want parallels between Self/Selby and Calipari/Rose.

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JacquesMerde 3 years, 8 months ago

The NCAA has to do these things to justify the lavish salaries they pay one another. It is one of the biggest businesses in sports and as bureaucratic as any government agency. Be kind to these fellows. They need their rice bowls and the public be damned.

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ParisHawk 3 years, 8 months ago

Just to follow up on Brandon Rush, he wasn't cleared until after school started, but that was because he attended several high schools and there were problems getting and processing all the transcripts. So in Rush's case there was no "investigation", just slow work by the NCAA clearing house.

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Randy Maxwell 3 years, 8 months ago

Basketball, wow could you ever imagine this in football at KU? Basketball and the summer league AAU programs are such a joke. I can't imagine an AAU afililate that might be a thug.

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waywardJay 3 years, 8 months ago

I think what the illustratious Miss Bawls is refering to ... is We won our last championship NOT on the strength of one and done talent but on a solisd crew of Workers, similiar to what BUtler almost accomplished last year..... Sometimes these one and DOners for lack of better terminology don't HUSTLE. or Work Hard.

See. Lance Stephenson, Demarcus Cousins....ETC.....

The debate is..... would 5 gordon haywayrds consistantly beat 5 lance stephenson's on a court..... Personally, I think you need a team of gordons and possibly one devoted lance stephenson to win it all....

I.E. Jon Scheyer and Duke, Wayne ELlington and UNC, Brandon Rush and Kansas, Corey Brewer and Florida. Rudy Gay and UCONN.... etc. etc. etc.

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William Blake 3 years, 8 months ago

The NCAA needs to verify the virginity of a young athlete before they rape him (for profit).

NCAA's demands to Selby: "bend over and grab your ankles."

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KansasGoon 3 years, 8 months ago

If anything Soobawls is right, everyone on this board are a bunch of hypocrites if this were an article concerning a Kentucky player everyone would have something negative to say but since it’s a KU player everyone just excuses the accusations total hypocrisy!

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Martin Rosenblum 3 years, 8 months ago

Selby's cousin, Will Barton is being scrutinized and pronounced ineligible to play at Memphis in the upcoming season.

Is there a vendetta here?

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newtown 3 years, 8 months ago

is this typical of a ku education?

i hope your a UK fan because if you think your a KU fan !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ever hear of "you're" ???????????????????

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David Hodges 3 years, 8 months ago

Soobawls... um Go Away For one, until he declares for the draft he's not a one and done . And secondly, i hope your a UK fan because if you think your a KU fan you are clearly mistaken. Grow Up! Even if you are an ancient old windblower.

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newtown 3 years, 8 months ago

any dodo kid driving around in a Mercedes is screaming to the NCAA "LOOK AT ME" !!!!!!!!!!!

not bright, AT ALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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soobawls 3 years, 8 months ago

Good. Hopefully we don't get the kid and Self will wise up and stop recruiting underachieving OAD prima donnas who basically equate to a lost year of team development.

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hailtoku 3 years, 8 months ago

I think Maeshon Witherspoon and Carl Henry would make a great couple.

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jhwk215 3 years, 8 months ago

around this same time last year John Wall was being investigated for the same reason, if the NCAA punishes Selby for doing nothing and never punished Wall for the few things he got away with, we will be seeing the true side of the NCAA

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Christopher Hauser 3 years, 8 months ago

When Brandon Rush was an incomming freshman, wasn't his eligability questioned as well? For some reason I remember something like that could be wrong person though.

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Brian Leiker 3 years, 8 months ago

Funny how Wall's contact with WWW and LeBron didn't have any effect on his status. NCAA doesn't have the balls to screw with the dirtiest of all coaches or programs. I wonder how many millions are slipped under the table by UK alumn to the Prez and VP of the NCAA?

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waywardJay 3 years, 8 months ago

they got him last year his names Renardo Sidney.... these investigations are getting better just wish they would have found the rest of Wall's money.... and Bledsoe's falsified Sat scores...

Columbus, I was clearifying for those who didn't know. Actually word is Kentucky is under double secret probabtion. Apparently, something involving Kevin Bacon getting knocked off a horse...

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sabd 3 years, 8 months ago

The ncaa is overcompensating after they've been embarrassed so many times. reggie bush, derrick rose, etc. Look at all the football investigations that have gone on recently. They are going to try to find somebody to make an example out of so it looks like they give a s!@t. Hopefully its not selby.

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nobody1793 3 years, 8 months ago

Hey, better to question everything before he puts on a uniform rather than having to give up victories after the fact!

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columbusdjkc 3 years, 8 months ago

Wayward - I know what the reason is. My point was his claim was that if it was a UK player it wouldn't even be investigating when in fact a UK player IS being investigated :)

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waywardJay 3 years, 8 months ago

Columbus, that's because Enes Kanter played ball for pay overseas.... alot of these kids do.... it's not parsay illegal over there and it is here.... Linus Kleiza had similar issues coming over to play.... He'll probably have to sit out a few games, but probably not more than DJack got for receiving 5 grand from his auncle.

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Annette Lee 3 years, 8 months ago

I'll bet World wide Wes is behind this. Remember his mom blew him off once when WWW approached her. To be fair the Ncaa has got look at these things you can't pick choose.

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waywardJay 3 years, 8 months ago

No.... Jayhawk47...If Selby went to kentucky he would have faced the same scrutiny, but they would have hid most of the money he received and allowed him to play with a slap on the wrist......

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columbusdjkc 3 years, 8 months ago

Jayhawk47 - I hate UK as much as the next guy but comments like that are the reason various fans from different clubs get a bad name. If you read the CBS article Enes Kanter still hasn't been cleared either and he's a Kentucky commit....

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jayhawk47 3 years, 8 months ago

I'm sure if he had committed to Kentucky, there wouldn't be any questions or investigation.

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Theutus 3 years, 8 months ago

I couldn't agree more hawknhutch.... It looks like they turned to a reliable source for advice on how to handle some things...

It's perfectly respectable in my opinion because dealing with recruiters, camps, and all the insanity that the up-coming stars deal with has to be a giant mess for regular folks.

They simply turned to someone who is familiar with the business for advice, i can't imagine anything will come of it.

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kushaw 3 years, 8 months ago

Don't get alarmed Jayhawk fans. If anybody you should trust, it's Mascot of "The Shiver".

http://theshiver.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7171

Because of Will Barton's situation at Memphis and his tie's to Baltimore, MD, people in Memphis are trying to "Tie Together" Selby and Barton in someway. They Way Mascot described it.................Barton played at Lake Clifton before he went on to Brewster academy. Selby came in a year later from Dematha.

We'll see what happens.

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areyouserious 3 years, 8 months ago

much ado about nothing............................Kietzman is making it bigger than it really is too........go figure!

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Dickless Head 3 years, 8 months ago

I f*cking hate the NCAA. If Selby has talked to this guy, they consider it a loss of amateurism. What a joke.

Rules and laws are not meant for this purpose. They are meant to prevent bad things and cheating from happening. When you start looking at laws for something like this, it's absolutely laughable

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muffdivn 3 years, 8 months ago

Nothin' to see here...move along.

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