Latest on KU recruits Josh Selby, Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones
Here is the latest from Kansas basketball targets Josh Selby, Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones after talking with each of them at media day for the Jordan Brand Classic today in New York City.
Though Selby — ranked No. 4 overall by Rivals.com — is considered to be a heavy Kansas lean, the 6-foot-3 guard said Thursday that he hadn't officially decided on a school yet.
"I'm trying to cut the schools down, but it's so hard," Selby said. "I'm waiting for my mom and my uncle to come up here Saturday. We're supposed to sit down and talk about every school."
He listed his finalists in this order: UConn, Arizona, Tennessee, Kansas and Kentucky.
"I don’t know who it’s going to come down to, because all the schools have a lot of positive and negative things about them," Selby said, "so I don’t know yet."
Selby said that No. 1-ranked Rivals.com player Brandon Knight's decision to attend Kentucky on Wednesday wouldn't affect his decision.
Interestingly, Selby said he doesn't view himself as a Derrick Rose or a John Wall type of player.
"I don’t see myself as them, because right now, I don’t look at me as one-and-done," Selby said. "They were one-and-done in high school.
"That’s the way I humble myself. I think I lack everything. You’re always working on every part of your game."
Selby will announce his college choice during following a first-half media timeout at the Jordan Brand Classic game on Saturday.
When asked to compare his game to someone from the past, the Baltimore native came up with an interesting response.
"The old Steve Francis. Not the new one, the old one," Selby said. " ... The old Steve Francis, he was the man."
Unlike Selby, the 6-foot-4 Lamb already has made up his mind which school he will attend next year. He's just not letting anyone know until Saturday.
Like Selby, Lamb will commit following a first-half media timeout at the Jordan Brand Classic game.
Lamb, the 21st-ranked player in Rivals.com's rankings, listed his finalists in this order: UConn, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky and West Virginia.
Looking for clues as to whom he will sign with? Try reading into this quote.
"I wanted to go to a school that had the right program, a winning program, a winning coach," Lamb said. "Somewhere I could play right away at. Just (a place) that felt like home to me."
Lamb said he had not alerted any coaches of his decision. He said the coaches would find out where he was going to school by hearing the announcement like everyone else.
He also said he had talked some with Selby.
"I don’t know where he’s going. He doesn’t know where I’m going," Lamb said. "We both have to wait and see where we’re going Saturday. We’ve just got to wait."
The two will figure out Friday which player will have their announcement first. If both were to commit to KU, that could make for interesting television.
Lamb, by the way, said he will put on the winning school's hat during his announcement.
There have been some rumblings about KU perhaps having a chance at Jones, a 6-foot-8 forward and the 13th-ranked overall player according to Rivals.com.
So, I asked Jones today if KU was in his mix of schools.
"I won’t really know until after this (Jordan Brand Classic) is over," Jones said. "I haven’t really started my recruitment over. It’s been on pause."
Rivals.com says Jones is considering Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA, Washington, Arizona and Kansas.
Jones said he talked with KU coach Bill Self before the first signing period ended.
"He’s a great coach with a great program," Jones said. "That’s a great school."