Shooting Guard/Point Guard
Lake Clifton High School
DeMatha High School
The John Carroll School
Regarded as the elite incoming player in college basketball prior to the 2010-11 season, to say that things did not go according to plan for Selby would be a drastic understatement.
When he recently announced that he would forgo his last three years of college eligibility and enter the NBA draft, it was not a popular decision by the 20-year-old.
His freshman season was so disappointing that it seemed a foregone conclusion he would return to school, if for no other reason than to regain the respect he had a year ago, when he committed to KU as Rivals.com's top-rated recruit for 2010.
Selby missed the Jayhawks' first nine games this past season because of an NCAA suspension for accepting impermissible benefits from his mentor, Robert "Bay" Frazier,
who is the business manager for New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. Selby had acknowledged a friendship with Anthony in past interviews and spoke of his contact with Frazier in an April story in The New York Times. All three are Baltimore natives.
Maeshon Witherspoon, Selby's mother, told The Times that she had known Bay since elementary school and had asked him to serve the role of an adviser during his college recruitment. The Times report said Witherspoon asked Frazier to host Selby's in-home visits with college coaches at his own home and that Frazier attended a KU-Missouri game at Allen Fieldhouse in January 2009.
On November 21st, 2010, the NCAA made their final ruling on the matter, suspending Selby for nine games, and ordering him to pay $4,607.58, the total of the "improper benefits" received, to the charity of his choice. Once he was cleared to return to the court, he started his career on fire, scoring 21 points and hitting the game-winning three-pointer vs. Southern California.
But Selby injured his foot in January, and that hindered his explosiveness the rest of the season. After all of the build-up, he averaged just 7.9 points per game. In the thirteen games prior to getting hurt, he had averaged 12.0 points, 3.2 assists and shot 43.5% from three-point range.
KU fans and observers were quick to rip his decision to leave Lawrence so soon. One fan said Selby "is not ready for the NBA." Another told him, "Good luck in the D-League and Europe next year." Former KU forward Scot Pollard tweeted, "I think you made a mistake young man, but I wish you luck, and I hope you prove me wrong!"