Recruit Selby says he could co-exist with Knight at UK

Selby open to idea of Wall-Bledsoe situation

jtipton@herald-leader.comMarch 31, 2010 

  • Wednesday

    McDonald's All-American Games

    Where: Columbus, Ohio

    Boys: 8 p.m. (ESPN)

    Girls: 5:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

    What to watch: Five players in the boys' game — Terrence Jones, Brandon Knight, Doron Lamb, C.J. Leslie and Josh Selby — include UK on their lists. In the girls' game, Jennifer O'Neill is a Kentucky signee.

John Wall and Eric Bledsoe broke a mold last year when the two highly regarded point guards both signed with Kentucky. Because high-profile prospects usually want immediate playing time, they go to different schools.

Or maybe Wall and Bledsoe set a precedent.

Josh Selby, one of the top point guard prospects this year, said Tuesday he's open to the idea of playing at the same school as the also-heralded Brandon Knight. Both are being recruited by Kentucky, which could lose Wall and Bledsoe to this year's NBA Draft.

The recruiting service ranks Knight and Selby as the nation's top two point guards.

When asked about recruiting talk that he's waiting for Knight to sign so he can go to another school, Selby said, "That's not true at all. (Knight's choice) is not going to stop me. If we go to the same school, we'll just have to fight for playing time."

Selby said he watched how Wall and Bledsoe prospered for Kentucky this season.

"They sacrificed for the strength of the team and both got national recognition," Selby said. "I was very impressed."

Selby, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Baltimore, Md., said Wall and Bledsoe both wanted the ball "24/7," but co-existed at Kentucky.

Selby acknowledged that he'd want the ball 24/7, too. But that desire was not his top priority.

"I just want to win," he said. "When you win, everybody gets recognized."

Selby also noted Marvin Williams at North Carolina as an example of a highly regarded player who played a complementary role for one season in college and then went to the NBA.

Selby, who was in Columbus, Ohio, to play in the McDonald's All-American Game on Wednesday, originally committed to Tennessee. He denied published reports that he changed his mind after speaking to William Wesley, a recruiting confidant of Kentucky Coach John Calipari.

Selby is now considering Kentucky, Kansas, Arizona and Connecticut. He said he planned to announce his choice at the Jordan Classic All-Star Game on April 17.

Knight, who played in high school at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., also plans to make his college choice in April. He's considering Kentucky, Florida, Connecticut, Kansas and Syracuse.

"No more visits," he said on Tuesday. A decision will come after talking to his parents, he said.

Knight confirmed earlier reports that his parents like Kentucky.

"Yeah, they liked Lexington and the area," he said before adding, "They also like a lot of other schools. Kansas. Florida. If they didn't like them, they wouldn't be on the list."

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