Commentary

Kansas lands a potential star in Selby

Originally Published: April 17, 2010
By Paul Biancardi | ESPN Recruiting

Kansas coach Bill Self's patience paid off on Saturday night when the Jayhawks landed a commitment from Josh Selby, the nation's No. 5 prospect. Selby announced his decision during the Jordan Brand All-American Classic.

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Jeff Zelevansky/Getty ImagesJosh Selby will take his game to Kansas next season.

Selby is an electric, explosive athlete who is one of the best scorers in this class. He always is in attack mode with the ball and constantly has the defense on its heels. Like so many athletic lead guards, he is at his best in transition, where he is tough to slow down because of his speed and strong body.

In the half court, Selby routinely blows by defenders. Though he is at his best moving to the basket, he has a jumper defenders must respect, which makes him a tough guard in the pick-and-pop game.

If Selby's game is lacking in any area, it might be his ability to lead a team at the college level. He's an incredible scorer at the point, but he needs to become a student of the game from a point guard's perspective. At Kansas, he's going to need to be an extension of Self on the floor.

Beyond that, he has the potential to be a superstar at the college level. It's so tough to project immediate success, but if Selby can put up a solid assist-to-turnover ratio and score like he is capable of, he could be a one-and-done prospect.

KU lost a star in Sherron Collins and Self replaced him with a star in Selby. He'll be handed the ball from day one at Kansas. The Jayhawks have all the other pieces to be a top-10 team. They were missing a PG who was a star-type player and that's what Selby brings.

He's a difference-maker. He brings tremendous swagger and skills to the court. He's a competitive, fiery player who brings it every time he plays. The Jayhawks added just one player during the early signing period. Selby, however, gives Self a signature 2010 prospect.

Paul Biancardi is a veteran of the coaching ranks with years of college experience. He has recruited on a national level with stops as an assistant coach at Boston University and Boston College, associate head coach at Ohio State and most recently as an assistant at Saint Louis University. Biancardi was head coach at Wright State University from 2003 to 2006. In 2003, he was named Horizon League Coach of the Year. He is a selection committee member for the prestigious McDonald's All-America Game and the Gatorade Player of the Year award.

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