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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

jayhawkinnebr 3 years, 5 months ago

Hey, are the tickets to the game easier to get, now that Perkins rules are out the door? I know you can get any kind of ticket to the football games and cheap also.

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Chris1955 3 years, 5 months 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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William Blake 3 years, 5 months ago

I can see a lineup with Josh at point and TT in the #2 slot. Tyshawn has shown he can be more of a scorer when need be, and when you have two penetrating guards on the floor at the same time, how does the D handle it? Tyshawn needs to keep working on his perimeter shot. Mario is an asset with his ability to hit the mid range. The twins keep bumping up their aggression. We've got a scoring threat at all 5 positions and well into our bench!

I'd like to see TT get some minutes at the 2 and sometimes at point to rest Josh. Tyrel continues to deserve minutes with his improved game. We've got to have a solid 3-pt shooter (besides Kieff). EJ keeps improving and hopefully he'll continue to grow as a valuable asset. Brady was big against North Texas... and he'll continue to find ways to help this team win! Everyone will say what they want but I don't see a new trophy in Lawrence without the help of Brady. At some point he will make a key performance that will salvage a victory (or two)... especially probable in the big dance (since he has the most experience on this team). Travis is a nice asset and will be the man when we go up against a star guard. He can not only help shut him down, but save our other guards from fouling out.

This team is going to be crazy good come March! The improvement pace is fast, and (so far) there is no off-court shenanigans to disrupt the team. We need to stay health and bring back another trophy to Lawrence! I see far more upswing with this team than last year's team (respect to Cole, Sherron and X).

Every game is like Christmas! Very entertaining to watch each game several times. In some ways even more entertaining than 2008!

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Tallhawk 3 years, 5 months 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.

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Ralster Jayhawk 3 years, 5 months ago

I was at the game. The ovation Self gets walking out of the tunnel is awesome/totally justified.

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KU_FanSince75 3 years, 5 months 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!

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REHawk 3 years, 5 months ago

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

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Chris Bruning 3 years, 5 months ago

ben mclemore still verbally committing today???

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Alohahawk 3 years, 5 months 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.

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Tony Bandle 3 years, 5 months ago

How about the White Men Can't Jump lineup:

Reed Morningstar Withey Teahan Junnemann

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jchief40 3 years, 5 months 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.

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DCLawHawk 3 years, 5 months 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.

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Tony Bandle 3 years, 5 months 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!!!!

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KU_FanSince75 3 years, 5 months 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!

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REHawk 3 years, 5 months ago

Browser troubles. Sorry about the double post.

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REHawk 3 years, 5 months 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.

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REHawk 3 years, 5 months 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.

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AsadZ 3 years, 5 months ago

doonlindalton, Good point.

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doolindalton 3 years, 5 months 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.

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mae 3 years, 5 months ago

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

and photographer? yeah we know who you are.

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Janet Scott 3 years, 5 months ago

This year is looking REAL GOOD. Wonder if the moron Vitale has KU moving up from 6th in the Big 12 to (maybe) 5th in the Big 12? If T-Rob can continue to play as he does and even improve, then wow. Selby will transform an already terrific team that can run like a gazelle. I want to see Selby in the open court, with the ball, leading a break down the floor, 3 on 2. Showtime! I don't see Duke or UK or KSU a challenge to KU.

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Dirk Medema 3 years, 5 months 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.

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JayHok 3 years, 5 months ago

Totally agree.

Joe Lunardi does too.

He has us as a number 1 seed.

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