Kansas coach Bill Self and his prized freshman guard, Josh Selby, both spoke on Monday leading up to Selby’s highly-anticipated college debut on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse against Southern California.
The highlights? Well, don’t expect the kid to go off for 30. Self says that he doesn’t think he’ll start Selby (although he hasn’t made a final decision), and Selby says he is prepared to take a backseat because the KU offense runs through Marcus and Markieff Morris.
“The only thing I’d like to do is just don’t mess up the chemistry of my team already,” Selby said. “They have great chemistry already. You can see it when you watch the game.”
Self said that Selby would play off the ball, letting junior Tyshawn Taylor handle the point-guard duties in the early going.
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“If he and Ty are in the game at the same time, I’ll play Tyshawn on the ball the majority of the time,” Self said. “We tried to make Mario (Chalmers) a point guard from day one, but when we moved him off the ball and let Russell (Robinson) do it, the game was so much easier. Josh will end up being a true point guard in time, but it’s a lot to throw at a guy. You’re not only responsible for yourself, but you’re responsible for every single possession. I’d rather put that on Tyshawn than him right now.”
Selby maintained that he doesn’t feel he did anything wrong by accepting impermissible benefits from adviser Bay Frazier, who mentored him during the recruiting process. But he acknowledges how lucky he feels to not have suffered the same fate as Kentucky freshman Enes Kanter, who was ruled ineligible permanently by the NCAA.
Selby said his grandmother and mother, Maeshon Witherspoon, were worried that he would not be cleared to play. They will be at the game Saturday.
“You’ll see lots of tears,” Selby said.