During halftime of the Jordan Brand Classic on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, Lake Clifton point guard Josh Selby will announce to the world where he will play college basketball.
"I don't know [what school he will choose], to be honest with you," said Maeshon Witherspoon, Selby's mother. "Whatever he does is going to be between him and God. Those are the only ones that know."
Arizona, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee are all under consideration. Selby said Thursday that all five programs are on equal footing.
"I don't know where I'm going to go yet," he said. "I'll probably decide by [Friday]. ... All five schools [are in the mix]. I'm just going to go out there and make the pick. It's going to be good to get it over with."One trait all five programs share is a need at guard. Kentucky will lose freshman John Wall to the NBA, but on Wednesday, the Wildcats secured a commitment from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., point guard Brandon Knight. Knight is Rivals.com's top-ranked player in the 2010 class, but Selby said he's unconcerned with the decisions other players make.
"I'm really not paying attention [to other commitments and departures] because it really [doesn't] have an effect."
The Volunteers were somewhat of a surprise late addition to Selby's final list. Selby, Rivals.com's No. 4 senior in the country, committed to Tennessee in Sept. 2008 before backing out of his pledge last July.
"We've always had a relationship with [Volunteers assistant coach Steve] Forbes. We've always talked to Coach Forbes," Witherspoon said. "Josh knows a lot of the players, especially Tobias Harris and Scotty Hopson. They've been trying to recruit him. He spent time with Tobias Harris at the McDonald's game."
Kansas, meanwhile, has a gaping hole at point guard with the impending graduation of Sherron Collins. Selby has made a few visits to Lawrence already, so there's a definite comfort level there with "the coaching staff and the players," he said.
"[I'm looking for] a coach who can mature me on and off the court, and get me to the next level so I can achieve my goals," Selby said.
Witherspoon has handled all the details of Selby's recruitment from the start. She called the process a "surreal" experience, but is grateful for the attention and opportunities provided to her son.
"It's kind of like just going through every emotion," Witherspoon said. "It hasn't hit yet that he's been invited to participate in these games that most kids dream of playing in."
Baltimore Sun photo of Josh Selby by Kenneth K. Lam / Jan. 19, 2010