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April 15, 2010
By Nick Krug
Kansas University basketball recruit Josh Selby of Baltimore, Maryland talks with media members after Thursday's practice for the Jordan Brand Classic in New York.
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Doesn't see himself as a one and done? um... i might be mistaken, but he might be out of Calipari's league, if that's the case... Only 1 recruit he's had so far at Kentucky did NOT leave after one year, and that includes Daniel Orton who didn't even start. That one freshman, by the way, was Jon Hood, who played an average of 4.4 minutes per game.
As far as Knight is concerned, he probably decided to go to UK for the following few reasons... first, as the point guard, in a play-maker's offense, he's the first down the court each time to have the ball in his hands, so he can easily dictate his number of shots, passes, if he wants to have a pick set for him to show a penetration, or a step off the dribble to nail a quick 3. Self's offense is much more methodical, relying on a balanced attack giving the opposition a chance to tire out, preventing defenses from focusing on one attack, etc. Furthermore, Knight said that he's joining for the good cast of characters around him... he's either talking about a solid list of uncommitted fellow recruits that said they'd follow him to UK, and it's just not formally announced, or he might actually be meaning the exact opposite... the cast of characters around him might consist of nothing more than mediocrity, aka a bunch of role players, letting him be THE go-to guy... worked for Tyreke Evans at Memphis, and it worked because Evans took the PG spot which vaulted his draft stock and turned him into the solid NBA'er that he is today... in short, it's the best chance Knight figures he can fault his NBA stock.
If Selby is NOT a OAD, then coming to Kansas WILL improve his chances of a solid NBA career. Compare Brandon Rush to CDR... their stats are somewhat similar in points, assists, and playing time (Rush averages 5 more minutes per game), but Rush is a MUCH better 3pt shooter, more rebounds, and more blocks per game. that hints to me that Rush was trained and coached into better NBA shape by Kansas personnel, and became a better shooter under better coaching. Not to mention, Rush is getting paid about 150% more per season than CDR. This is all after CDR was a higher touted recruit going into college. Selby coming to Kansas will learn to run an offense, not just how to create his own shot. Furthermore, KU's staff will get him in better shape overall, teach him the values of defense, and pick out the pieces of his game that need to be worked on the most to make him more valuable at the next level. I can't promise he's coming to Kansas, but if he's thinking of staying for more than one year, or at least sees a 2+ season commitment as a possibility, he's got to keep that kind of point in mind. If not, so be it, none of these kids seem to be of bad character, so i wish them all the best... but plenty of posters have started to realize how strong we'll be regardless.
SELBY & KU! PERFECT TOGETHER!
for the sake of the teams chemistry i'm wondering how well lamb would fit it. I mean he wants to come in and play right away and we still have a s#&t-ton of guards to come off the bench. i mean i'd love to see it happen but i'm contemplating the if's. Somebody enligthen me how it would work? the starters seem pretty clear assumming we get selby.
Just like last year i'm wondering if there are enough minutes to go around.
Lamb would play more of a wing with a mid range game. Probably like Rush. I don't like his character as well as Selby. Have a feeling we land Selby, seems like a great fit but not Lamb. He will go UK or UConn I believe. If we don't land Selby it is gonna be a deep blow for KU fans.
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