Kansas' Josh Selby to return Dec. 18
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Now Kansas can circle Dec. 18 on its basketball calendar.
That's when point guard Josh Selby, the No. 1 recruit in the nation, will finally have a chance to make his college debut. The NCAA announced Friday night that the 6-foot-3 Selby will have to sit out nine games and pay a fine for accepting impermissible benefits.
Selby, a playmaking point guard from Baltimore with rare athletic ability, ranked No. 5 in the ESPNU 100. He has already missed three games, including the Jayhawks' 93-60 rout of North Texas on Friday that tied their record home winning streak of 62 games.
Selby stopped short of saying he thought the ruling was fair.
"That's not for me to comment on," said Selby, who had handled his ordeal with poise while first not being allowed to enroll and then being prohibited for a time from practicing.
"The NCAA is going to do it regardless. I'm just happy its not the entire year. It could have been worse than what it is."
He will be eligible to play at home against Southern California. The crowd during Friday night's game, before the decision had become widely known, chanted "We want Selby! We want Selby!"
The announcement by the NCAA said Selby would have to pay a fine of $5,757.58. But Kansas said the true amount was $4,607.58.
The main issues surrounding Selby apparently centered around his family's association with Robert Frazier, the business manager for Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony. Selby's mother had maintained that Frazier was someone she had known since grade school and that he merely helped the family through the difficult recruiting process as a friendly adviser.
Coach Bill Self had said all along he was confident that Selby would eventually be allowed to play.
"I really am proud of Josh," Self said. "Now, I may be mad at him tomorrow but I'm really proud of him because this was a situation -- get here, can't go to school then you can go to school, can't practice. After you can practice, can't practice any more. He's dealt with several things that would really make a young man's mind cluttered. And he's been mature about this. I think he's really handled it pretty well, and his family has."
Self said he agreed that Selby hadn't done anything wrong, but "we do have rules.
"And the NCAA stated even though longtime acquaintance, even though a friend of the son, even though a mentor, there are still some situations that happened long before he got here that Josh admitted to that he's going to have to deal with. But he'll handle it like a man. And we'll look forward to having him out here."
The Kansas players have all remarked about how impressive Selby has looked in practice.
"He's as good as advertised," junior forward Markieff Morris said. "No, I take that back. He's better than advertised. I think people are really going to like watching Josh play."
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