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Selby, Lamb set to make big call

A pair of top unsigned players will announce their decisions at JBC

Updated: April 16, 2010, 10:02 AM ET
By Brendan Murphy | ESPN Recruiting

Both Josh Selby, the No. 5 player in the ESPNU 100, and Doron Lamb, No. 29 in the ESPNU 100, plan on telling everyone where they will play college basketball on Saturday during the Jordan Brand Classic (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET). They're just going about it in different ways.

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Liam Foley/Icon SMIJosh Selby, No. 5 in the ESPNU 100, is down to Arizona, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Selby isn't telling anyone for the very simple reason that even he doesn't know which school he plans on attending. The nation's top unsigned recruit, Selby, a 6-foot-3 point guard from Baltimore, has narrowed his choices to Arizona, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee -- where he had previously been committed. He took official visits to Tucson and Lawrence.

Selby will do some reflecting on Friday before coming to a final decision and making the announcement on Saturday.

"I plan on thinking about every school's positive and negative things," Selby said. "I plan on thinking [about the decision] to myself and seeing where I want to go.

"I want to go to another family atmosphere," he continued. "I want to go where I can be comfortable and where I can get to the next level."

Selby isn't the only recruit who has college coaches and message board posters holding their breath.

Lamb, a 6-4 shooting guard from New York, is down to Arizona, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma and West Virginia. He has made visits to all the schools on his list.

Unlike Selby, Lamb knows where he's going to play his college ball. Still, like a seasoned poker player, he isn't sharing that information before the announcement.

"I just want to go to a school that fits me where I can play right away for a winning coach and a winning program," Lamb said.

Although Selby and Lamb have a few schools they are mutually interested in, they say they can't factor in the other's decision.

"It's up to him," Lamb said. "I haven't said anything to him [about the decision]."

For Lamb, the Jordan game marks one last chance for him to play in front of a hometown crowd.

"I feel most comfortable [announcing my choice] in New York City at home in front of my family and friends," Lamb said.

Selby's decision to announce at Madison Square Garden was a matter of hometown pride.

"I wanted to do it here because Carmelo Anthony," Selby said. "He's signed with Jordan [Brand]. I'm playing in an all-star game that a guy from Baltimore is a part of, so I wanted to do it here."

For Selby and Lamb, Saturday will mark the end of a drawn-out process that has been years in the making.

"The worst part of the process is everybody asking where you going," Selby said. "I get like a 1,000 messages every day asking where I'm going."

Brendan Murphy is an editor for ESPN Recruiting.

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