Josh Selby, Jordan Williams take first steps toward NBA dreams

CHICAGO — — Josh Selby wasn't concerned about a potential NBA lockout. He wasn't concerned about the underwhelming, injury-plagued year he had at Kansas.

The former Lake Clifton star was dead set on going to the NBA, and he isn't overly concerned with where he lands in the draft so long as he gets selected.

"I have a motto — it's not really where you start, it's where you finish," Selby said at the NBA pre-draft camp Thursday.

But with a looming lockout inserting uncertainty into this year's draft, where you start is pretty important too, given that first-round contracts provide guaranteed money.

Selby said Kansas coach Bill Self was not involved in his decision to leave for the NBA, but that Self wished him well. Selby, The Baltimore Sun's 2010 Male Athlete of the Year, also added that he had no regrets about his time spent at Kansas. But that's in the past and Selby is getting feedback from NBA personnel, who tell him he needs to work on his decision-making.

"[I need to work on picking] the time to score, when it's time for me to take over a game and when it's time for me to get my teammates involved," Selby said.

Former Maryland forward Jordan Williams had to make a life-altering decision of his own, aside from his own choice to leave college early for the draft. Williams said had to give up his favorite restaurant — McDonald's — if he wanted to have an NBA career. He said he has trimmed 15 additional pounds off his frame since leaving Maryland.

"Eating a Big Mac or being drafted higher," Williams said. "You have to choose."