August 24, 2009

Selby explodes at Boost Mobile

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NEW YORK - By now the video highlights of Josh Selby's dunk on Kendall Marshall are all over the Internet.

The one where the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Selby takes off in transition, cocks back his right arm and throws it down on Marshall's head, drawing thunderous applause from the 1,800 fans inside the Gauchos Gym in the Bronx.

"I faked behind my back and then I just took off," said Selby, who scored 18 points and was named co-MVP in a losing effort in Friday night's Boost Mobile Elite 24 game.

"I was just feeling myself. I wanted to put on a show for the fans."

Selby's dunk (Watch the dunks), one of several he threw down in the game, drew praise from his entire coaching staff.

"Crazy," Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings called it.

"Bananas," Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love said.

"Straight out of Vince Carter," New York Post columnist Peter Vecsey explained.

Selby, out of Baltimore Lake Clifton, decommitted from Tennessee earlier this summer because he said he simply chose too early.

"We only visited Louisville a couple times and we visited Tennessee a couple times. We didn't know there were other schools that were interested in him at the time," said Maeshon Witherspoon, Selby's mother.

Asked if the dunk fest would help his recruiting stock, Selby answered confidently: "To be honest, I don't need no help with my scholarship. I got about 15 schools looking at me right now. That's all I need because if I had more schools looking at me, that's more headache.

"I'm cool with the schools looking at me because they're all big-time Division I schools."

Maeshon and her brother, Larry Witherspoon, are helping Selby sort through his many offers.

She said it's a complicated, yet enjoyable process.

"It's a blessed opportunity because this is something that we didn't get to go through the first time, so I'm really looking forward to it with open arms," she said. "When the college coaches call, I take their calls no matter who it is and if they leave a message I call them back.

"To me it's just a great experience right now, just to be going through all of this. I'm excited. Josh is excited. We're not rushing. Despite what everybody is saying, we have no idea where he is going to end up."

UConn, Kentucky, Kansas, Baylor, Syracuse, Oregon and Texas are just some of the schools in the hunt for Selby, the No. 2 point guard and No. 4 overall player in the Rivals150 for the Class of 2010.

He recently took an unofficial visit to UConn, which he enjoyed.

"The UConn visit went very well," Selby said. "We met Coach [Jim] Calhoun; he was a great guy. The assistant coaches were great. The players that I met were very cool, so my visit up there was very good."

Maeshon Witherspoon has set up the following in-home visits: Kansas (Sept. 9), UConn (Sept. 10), Baylor (Sept. 11) and Oregon (Sept. 14), with others to follow.

"We're trying to find the right fit, the right style of play, the right coaching staff," she said. "All schools are involved, that's why it's so hard for me to give a list."

Much has been made of Witherspoon's nascent relationship with William Wesley, aka "Worldwide Wes," a power broker in the college basketball world and a close friend of Kentucky coach John Calipari.

Witherspoon concedes that she has spoken with Wesley, but she said there is no tacit agreement to send her son to play for Calipari.

"From what I hear this man is a great guy," she said of Wesley. "Down the road if he's a resource that I can use to make my son a better athlete, a better student and become a better man, and I can pick the phone up and call him, then that's what I would do. At this present time, it's me and my brother [advising Selby]."

Added Selby: "Kentucky is just like any other school. They're recruiting me and I'm looking at them. I'm looking at them the same way I'm looking at other schools. There's no difference because it's Kentucky and Coach Calipari. Nothing went on [with Wesley], so it's no different."

Witherspoon said her son won't sign during the early period in November.

"We're going to wait until the last signing period," she said. "We're definitely not in a rush."

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