Former Lake Clifton High standout and University of Kansas freshman Josh Selby has announced he’s forgoing his remaining three years of college eligibility and will apply for the NBA Draft.
“I want to thank all the ku fans who supported me through everything and all the fans who doubting me. I will miss the fieldhouse,” Selby said Thursday via Twitter. “But it’s a new journey in my life now. I will not return to Kansas next year. Making my dream a reality.”
Selby, a 6-foot-3 guard was rated the overall No. 1 prospect in the nation after his senior year at Lake Clifton, averaging 32 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals. He averaged 7.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 26 games for tjhe Jayhawks, who lost to upstart Virginia Commonwealth in the NCAA Tournament’s Southwest Region finals.
Selby was suspended the first nine games by the NCAA for amateurism violations. In his first game, he scored 21 points including the game-winner three-pointer in a 70-68 decision against Southern California in Allen Fieldhouse Dec. 18.
Selby missed three games after injured his foot Feb. 1. The injury hampered Selby, who averaged 12 points and 3.2 assists in his first 13 games.
Selby has been in Las Vegas working out and gauging NBA interest. His decision has been met with some criticism, but the Baltimore native who played at John Carroll School as a freshman spending his sophomore and junior seasons at DeMatha Catholic, had expected to be an “one and done.”
“When the season was over, Josh, his family and I spoke quite candidly about what he wanted to do,” said Kansas coach Bill Self. “He made it very clear that he wanted to go to Las Vegas and work out to see if he could get more information of his NBA draft status.
He did exactly what we agreed for him to do and handled it well and has come to the conclusion that it’s best for him to go ahead and enter into the 2011 NBA draft. We, as a staff, totally support Josh’s decision and we also hope our fans support it as well.”
A couple of former local standouts, Isaiah Philmore and Jordan Latham have decided to leave their respective schools. Philmore (John Carroll) is transferring from Towson University and Latham (City College) is transferring from Xavier after one season.
Latham played in 16 games for the Atlantic 10 Conference program, averaging less than five minutes. A 6-foot-8 post, Latham helped the Black Knights to Class 2A state championships in 2008 and 2009.
A couple of weeks after saying he would stay at Towson, Philmore, the team’s leading scorer last season, has changed his mind. He initially planned to wait on newly hired Tigers coach Pat Skerry’s coaching staff and prospective recruits.
Philmore is the third and final local player to leave the Colonial Athletic Association program in the last six months. Starting point guard Troy Franklin (Mount Carmel) left the program, eight games into the season.
Earlier this month, Braxton DuPree withdrew from Towson. The former Calvert Hall College standout who transferred from the University of Maryland, is exploring professional basketball opportunities overseas.
Dupree averaged 12.2 points and 7.8 rebounds in his only season for Tigers, who had a disastrous 4-26 season including 19 straight losses to end the season.