August 05, 2010
Is it mid-February? Because the 96-degree heat outside my office window indicates otherwise.
The news cycle in college basketball could've had you fooled, though. It's been a hurricane of news today — and we haven't even been able to touch on all of it yet.
The latest involves 2010 Kansas recruit, point guard Josh Selby, the No. 1-ranked player in the country according to Rivals. Turns out Selby may have ties to a professional businessman that are making the NCAA question his status as an "amateur athlete" at the moment.
According to sources, the NCAA is looking into, among other things, a relationship between Selby and Robert Frazier, the business manager for NBA star Carmelo Anthony.
More commonly known in basketball circles as "Bay," Frazier is, like Selby and Anthony, a Baltimore native. He acknowledged to the New York Times in April that he served as an "advisor" to Selby and his mother, Maeshon Witherspoon, throughout the recruiting process.'
Kansas without Selby would be a significant downgrade; from a play-making perspective, the kid is expected to go above and beyond what senior Sherron Collins did at the 1 last season. With him, I really like KU's ability to win a national title.
Parrish's report also states this internal investigation isn't something new, that the NCAA has looked into Selby's relationship with Frazier for a couple of months now. No verdict yet could be as much of a good thing as it is a bad. And notice the sneaky phrase "among other things" that's tossed in there. Just what else could Selby be tied up in that's not public knowledge yet? Unlike Barton, Selby's case doesn't appear to have anything to do with academics, though.
Self and the university will obviously not be speaking about the matter with any sort of substance (or at all) until the NCAA reaches a decision that dictates otherwise.