Video: Josh Selby likes to dunk (and pass, too)

  • 12/23/2009 2:14 pm in

I, like many of you, have a hard time believing that Indiana is a legit contender for the services of 2010 five-star point guard Josh Selby. But alas, the Hoosiers are still on his list and that fact means we must keep an eye on his recruitment and hold out for a miracle.

In the following video, which was brought to my attention via a tweet from Selby himself, you can see why Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl is probably still losing sleep over Selby’s de-commitment and schools like Arizona are racing to get involved with this kid. In the words of Bill Raftery … The elevation, extraordinary! The deployment, superior!

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  • iumike04

    Just looked up the stats from the Palm City Classic where Sagemont was playing and went 2-2. Sheehey looks like he had a big week against the some of the best high school teams. He averaged 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds a game playing along side a top20 player on rivals, and the team averaged just under 60 ppg. A few other things that stood out:
    – 7:19 assists to turnovers
    – 0-10 on 3-pt fg's.
    + 16-21 on FT's

    He looks like someone who can play at the end of games.

  • TheStillman

    That was my mistake I thought Pastner had been at Memphis longer than just 08-09. Though I do believe it helps when an assistant/recruiting coordinator is appointed head coach and those players who have a relationship with that coach and school together versus the turnover of going to another school as we see with Crean. I also think that Memphis being such a prominent national program in the past 5 years is a major reason Pastner has done so well recruiting. Look at their results in sending top talent to the NBA over that time period, it is almost unmatched. It is a much easier sell to say come here play for a year then go to the NBA for some recruits than Crean saying come here help us build this program back to prominence. Two different pitches and different players will fall for different ones.

  • ET Sage

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  • Bryan

    Cal was able to make such a dramatic change this year at Kentucky in part because the SEC doesn't have rules prohibiting oversigning like the Big Ten does. In this conference, you can only recruit one more spot than you have available scholarships – there's no such restriction in the SEC. Cal was able to significantly over commit for his first recruiting class, (by about 4 – 6 spots, if I recall), and then held team practices that were essentially open tryouts to see who he was going to keep or get rid of. Again, this was an option that was not allowed to the same extent in the Big Ten.

    Now, had Cal been brought in after Sampson got fired, who's to say he would have been more successful. IU was a program facing an uncertain future with NCAA sanctions. Additionally, IU needed the new coach to server the remainder of Sampson's sentence for reduced recruiting contacts and allowable travel dates, which was going to last for another year after the hire date. Would Cal have been able to pull in recruits under the same circumstances? Would he have even wanted to try, since he was about to add Derrick Rose to his team at Memphis? Or, would he have tried to keep the Sampsonites (Holman, Thomas, Ellis, Bassett, etc) together, and try to reign in the drug and attitude issues, but also slow down his ability to turn the roster over, with the Big Ten oversigning limits. Whatever the route, I can't imagine that any option he would have taken would have been appreciably better, and would have come with more public/media/NCAA scrutiny, given Cal's reputation.

    Finally, you ask what's the worst that could possibly happen, note the distinction you make – Cal never gets in trouble, but someone is always left holding the bag, and in both cases with Cal, it's the institution. So, lets say had he been the one to replace Sampson, just for arguments sake. Unless you're also making the switch to root for John Calipari University, that means the next sign of trouble, were he here, IU would be left holding the bag. Now, IU already went through the wringer with the mess Kelvin Sampson left us, and got off without major penalties because we self reported, and had a good past track record. If Cal followed his pattern of “win-big-but-someone-related-to-the-program-gets-in-trouble-and-brings-NCAA-sanctions,” what are the odds that the NCAA would be lenient with us? At that point, we would have hired two coaches whose tenures led to violations.

  • Peterson714

    Just so you guys know, Jio Fontan crossed us off his list after IU being number one because Crean told him,” He was close to signing an All-American point guard.” On the other hand, all of you people who think Selby has to worry about playing time are ridicuous, Selby will wipe the floor with any other possible point guard competition he may see. Big Rivers fan, but hes not a point guard and like Hulls too, but he isn't in the same league as Selby. Selby's impact regardless if he is one and done will last way longer than his stay.

  • cooper

    How do you know this? Link to the article if you have it. From what I've read he has picked USC but I haven't seen anything about what you wrote

  • Peterson714

    One of my best friends plays for Fordham and he and Jio lived together. After the IU Pitt game Jio was real excited about IU, but soon after I was told Crean said that to him and he dropped IU off his list. Moral of the story; if Selby comes to IU he could quite possibly become a legend.