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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Keegan

Josh Selby missing piece for Kansas

Kansas head coach Bill Self walks off the court with freshman guard Josh Selby following the Jayhawks' 93-60 win over North Texas Friday, Nov 19, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas head coach Bill Self walks off the court with freshman guard Josh Selby following the Jayhawks' 93-60 win over North Texas Friday, Nov 19, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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It’s not Josh Selby’s No.1 ranking in his recruiting class that made Friday night’s news so significant. It’s that he’s precisely what Kansas lacked to be viewed as a legitimate contender for a national title.

When Selby joins the lineup Dec. 18 for the USC game in Allen Fieldhouse, don’t expect him to be the best player on the floor. Marcus Morris, a bona fide first-team All-American candidate, has the edge there. He showed that when he went on a scoring binge during which he scored 16 of his 20 points in the opening nine minutes of the second half. He’s a junior, is in his third season of intense daily coaching, his third year of learning how to fit in with other talented, driven athletes.

So is his twin, Markieff, a perfect example of how much better college basketball players get with experience.

But the one thing the twins can’t do is run a team from the point.

It was during the final half of the first half of KU’s 93-60 blitzing of North Texas that it became evident just how much this team needs Selby, who watched the game in street clothes and will continue to do so until he is activated Dec. 18 for an 11 a.m. game against USC on ESPN.

Tyshawn Taylor committed his second foul, a senseless one, and headed to the bench with 8:33 left and his team up 10 points.

The ball movement wasn’t the same with Taylor on the bench, and neither was the defense. He had done a great job in neutralizing North Texas point guard Josh White, who had scored 32 points to lead the Mean Green to an overtime victory against Texas Tech.

Brady Morningstar played a terrific game, helping to trigger the blowout with active hands on defense on his way to a seven-point, 10-assist, four-steal night. But when used at the point, he didn’t look like a natural. Elijah Johnson took his turn, spaced out on a defensive possession and was sent back to the bench. KU’s lead, which had reached 14, was cut in half by a 90-second, seven-point UNT run.

In time, probably not much time after he starts playing, Selby will do more than fill in for Taylor. They’ll form the starting backcourt, joiningthe twins and either Tyrel Reed or a third big man. The Jayhawks will fly up and down the court, have at least three, sometimes four skilled three-point shooters on the floor. They’ll be extremely hard to guard, which means if they work extremely hard on guarding, they’ll be a nightmare to face.

The twins both spoke to how well Selby, who has been participating in practices, already blends.

“He’s intense just like we are,” Markieff said. “He’s going to fit in perfect with us.”

Marcus agreed — they always agree — and talked about the source of the intensity.

“Josh is an inner-city kid from Baltimore, just like I’m an inner-city kid from Philadelphia,” Marcus said. “We just mix every time we talk to each other, even in practice. When he plays, he’s going to look like he’s played the whole time. He’s going to be another weapon nobody’s seen yet.”

One week before Christmas, the wrapping comes off Josh Selby. A month or so later, he’ll start to show the reason for all the fuss.

Comments

JayHok 4 years, 1 month ago

Totally agree.

Joe Lunardi does too.

He has us as a number 1 seed.

Greg Lux 4 years ago

Damn let's enjoy the season before we worry about seeding.. lol .. This is going to be a very very fun team to watch play ... I am anxious for every game until march.

Rock Chalk

Dirk Medema 4 years, 1 month ago

Agreed.

The #2's are a tourney team all by themselves, and give Coach Self so many pieces to play with and switch looks depending on what he wants at any particular time.

Ron Franklin 4 years ago

Although I am super excited about Josh too......you are not being realistic about Duke not challenging KU.

I'm with you on KU being able to handily beat UK and KSU.....but, come on

Duke will likely repeat this year...Kansas will be one of few teams that will be able to beat them, but it'd still be a good game.

Chad Hallack 4 years ago

Seiously!? Duke barely won the weakest Final 4 I've ever seen last year.

mae 4 years ago

you don't have to hold each other's butts when walking in public.

and photographer? yeah we know who you are.

gratefultyler 4 years ago

I kind of like the picture. I wish HCBS would hold my butt. Its getting cold up here in Michigan.

gratefultyler 4 years ago

In fact, Danny can have the other cheek. Rock Chalk Buttrub!

doolindalton 4 years ago

The headline is wrong. Unless Selby is a 50 percent three point shooter, talent wise, KU currently has no missing pieces. The challenge for Self will be to incorporate Selby into what is an already incredibly deep backcourt, without detracting from team chemistry.

bbeckum 4 years ago

Did you even read the story before making this post?

Chad Hallack 4 years ago

Selby is a point guard right? And we don't have one, so I'm not sure where you're coming. This team will not be a Final 4 contender with Taylor at the point.

REHawk 4 years ago

Just another important piece for a puzzle which is going to be very difficult for the likes of Rick Barnes and Scott Drew to try to unravel. Now Bill Self can truly post a small lineup occasionally to run circles around the storks flapping in the wings of Baylor's mighty zone.

REHawk 4 years ago

Just another important piece for a puzzle which is going to be very difficult for the likes of Rick Barnes and Scott Drew to try to unravel. Now Bill Self can truly post a small lineup occasionally to run circles around the storks flapping in the wings of Baylor's mighty zone.

REHawk 4 years ago

Browser troubles. Sorry about the double post.

KU_FanSince75 4 years ago

Good point to your article, Keegan. No more one point losses at the buzzer when you do the CramSession, right? Okay, Okay----I'm beating a dead horse. I'll stop.

Here are some burning questions--------

1) How will HCBS orchestrate this Selby into the lineup without messin' the team chemistry? COMMENT---We have the best coach in America so, I am not too worried about that.

2) What is our biggest weakness now? Interior and help side defense. COMMENT---- We have the best coach in America so, I am not too worried about that. The defense will improve.

3) I would like to know how ralster and jaybate feel about this situation. Any thoughts? I always enjoy your posts!

4) I know Jayhawk Nation has exercised extreme patience regarding Josh Selby. Can we exercise some more patience until December 18th? COMMENT----- The answer is yes, because we have the best coach in America so, I am not too worried about that.

Rock Chalk!

waywardJay 4 years ago

Pretty easy, since 75..... yOu bring him off the bench as the sixth man originally. once, he takes over day to day back up( on the court 2 ) pg responsibilities from tyrel.... kick tyrel out to the three and use him like that sterioded kid from Purdue last year.

Selby might be starting by the second half.

Tony Bandle 4 years ago

Let me ask all of you a simple question. Who was the starting point guard in the last two months of practice???

I believe you all know the answer and he will start the second he is eligible. None of this sixth man crap, coming off the bench, starting the second half.....he came to Kansas to start and star.

And that is exactly what he is going to do!!!!

waywardJay 4 years ago

Starting point guard for this season when the chips are on the table is Tyshawn Taylor. He's said that Tyshawn will have the most possessions. Which means Selby's our Off guard, don't get me wrong, He's a starter I'm just not sure Self will say...dec. 18th, here's the keys to a porsche that's humming..... DRIVE 90 ! I seriously do think Self will start him slow.... it will take at most 2 games to get him to top end.....

Kye Clark 4 years ago

I actually read on here somewhere that Self has not had Selby been the starting point guard in practice, at least not with the first team. He's had Tyshawn handling that responsibility because he just didn't know if/when Selby would become eligible.

That being said, you are correct in that he will start as soon as he is eligible. And he should. For one he is surely one of the best two guards on the team already. And secondly, Bill Self sees the big picture. You can't bring in the number 1 recruit in the nation and not start him. Doing so would cripple recruiting of top players for years to come. Think X last year. Top 10 recruit, started right out of the gate.

DCLawHawk 4 years ago

I agree with Oakville. This chemistry business is a non-issue. Josh is already part of the team on a daily basis at practice. He may continue to get fewer 'reps' until the USC game draws nearer, but I don't think it will be much of a challenge for him to come in and lead the team at the point. The Morris twins have indicated how well Josh fits in with them. HCBS has said that Josh has to beat somebody out, but it's not like he has to beat out Marcus Morris to start at the 4. Josh just has to prove that he is the best 1 we have. That will happen between now and Dec. 18 (in HCBS's mind) if it hasn't already. I'd bet that it has already happened in the players' minds.

jchief40 4 years ago

After watching these early games I am thinking my favorite starting lineup would be:

PG Selby G Taylor G Mc Morris F Mk Morris F Robinson

Bench: Reed, Morningstar, Little, Releford, Withey, EJ

Um.. I don't know about you guys but that starting lineup is potentially all 1st Round NBA Draft picks. Look at that deep bench. Guys I think we are legit Final Four this year. I don't see how a team could be better than us right now with this offense that can score from anywhere AND plays the D we do.

Rock Chalk.

jchief40 4 years ago

And as far as pure athleticism is concerned this lineup would be fun to watch:

PG Selby G Taylor G Johnson F Mc Morris F Mk Morris

So many combinations - pick your poison.

jmsuther 4 years ago

I think the starting lineup should be 1. Selby 2. Reed 3. Morris 4. Morris 5. Robinson

Depending on if tyshawn can handle coming off the bench i think this lineup would have been chemistry and clear the lane more for selby and marcus. I also think you should take withey out of the bench rotation.

Tony Bandle 4 years ago

How about the White Men Can't Jump lineup:

Reed Morningstar Withey Teahan Junnemann

Alohahawk 4 years ago

Right Oakville! Us white folk got to stick together. Withey doesn't have to jump. Morningstar can use his expert hands and steal the ball. Reed's threes start popping, along with Teahan's. And Junnemann, well all those strenuous practice sessions under Self's coaching have to be worth something. They might even receive votes for all third team.

Chris Bruning 4 years ago

ben mclemore still verbally committing today???

JHWK 4 years ago

Nope, not until spring now.

REHawk 4 years ago

Extreme muscleball lineup: 1 Selby 2 Marcus 3 Little 4 Markieff 5 TRob

waywardJay 4 years ago

Marcus a two guard. What most of us would have found comedy in 2008, is quickly becoming reality in 2010 ::laughs:: I cannot wait to see Kyle SIngler try to cover Marcus Morris.

KU_FanSince75 4 years ago

Hey, Oakville, in regard to your White Men Can't Jump lineup----got a good laugh out of that!

Hey, if Selby starts right away, I have no problem with that. Coach Self calls the shots on that. It's always fun to speculate!

Jack Wilson 4 years ago

I agree .. I was at the Valpo game. It's cool how it starts from the SE end because they can see him first.

Tallhawk 4 years ago

Any news on Ben Mclemore, he was suppose to give a verbal yesterday but now on the slant it says he may have a change of plans, maybe he did not want to give a verbal to Kansas due to the Selby news. Hopefully Ben wants to be in thespot light and give his verbal this week. Any updates would be appreciated.

JHWK 4 years ago

Just came out that he is waiting until spring to commit. Not sure how to read that - but one interpretation could be that he's hedging his bet to see which team performs like the coaches said they would??

Still, that seems weird. Mizzou just gets so much less time in the sun, and they don't have HCBS. Sure, they have a good team, but if the kid has wanted to be a Jayhawk his whole life, he has a strange way of showing it.

Chris1955 4 years ago

With apologies to 70's TV shows, The 2010 Jayhawks..... Marcus Selby MD (Mission to Destroy)! I'm sorry, I couldnt resist the temptation.

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