Add Josh Selby to the list of in-home visits that Kentucky’s staff will be making, starting this Wednesday. I received a text from his mother, Maeshon Witherspoon, this afternoon saying Mr. Selby’s in-home visit will occur on September 15th, the same day as Kyrie Irving’s visit. Selby still has not received an official scholarship offer from the staff but he remains, without a doubt, one of their top point guard targets. Selby is an explosive combo guard who is always good for a highlight reel dunk or two during a game. UK fans would love to see this kid in blue and white and getting an in-home visit scheduled is a step in the right direction. Congratulations to both a relentless staff who is absolutely killing it on the recruiting trail, as well as to Josh and his mother who have worked extremely hard to get where they are today. My man Matt Scott over at ESPN’s Kansas affiliate The Shiver can fill you guys in on the rest of Selby’s in-home schedule.
Here’s what the in-home visit schedule looks like now:
September 9th: Tobias Harris (NY)
September 10th: Doron Lamb (NY, visits will occur in Mouth of Wilson, VA on Oak Hill’s campus)
September 12th: Adreian Payne (OH)
September 13th: Stacey Poole (FL)
September 14th: Brandon Knight (FL)
September 15th: Kyrie Irving (NJ) & Josh Selby (MD)
September 22nd: Terrence Jones (OR)
These dates will be big for a few reasons:
(1) Occurs on the parents’ home turf, allowing them to be in control and learn more about the staff; (2) Builds trust between parents and a staff that will basically parent their child for the next 1-4 years and gives the opportunity for lengthy discussion about how he will be taken care of; (3) For parents that can’t make the trip because of physical reasons or any other reason, the opportunity to meet the staff in person and get to know them; and (4) Opportunity to set up the official visit.
Other recruiting notes:
– Something that has become quite cool and useful for both me and the twitter followers is for you guys to ask me recruiting questions through twitter. You can use @dustinrumbaugh and ask me questions and, if you follow me, I’ll direct message you the answer. I can’t @yourname the answer because them people would just be getting answers from me all day without knowing the questions. You have to follow me though in order for me to direct message you. It gives me a chance to provide sort of a message board type of environment where you guys can ask me questions about my posts and tweets and allows me to further explain some things. So please feel free to follow me, which you can do by clicking this link, and ask me whatever questions you want. I might even start posting some in the future. Maybe posting one or two of the best each week. You can ask those who follow me, I always answer and usually pretty quickly. Feel free to participate if you’d like to.
– 6-8 PF out of the class of 2011, James McAdoo, committed to UNC this weekend, after attending their alumni game. McAdoo is ranked as the #1 PF and #2 overall player by Scout.com so…yeah, its a pretty good pickup. Harrison Barnes also attended this alumni game and he sounded like he had himself an awesome time there. Hint hint, Calipari: We should do an alumni game as well. We most definitely have the talent and maybe Billy Gillispie could coach your opposing team as part of his community service program. Anyways, back to McAdoo, UK did have interest in McAdoo but, honestly, their interest in him was hard for me to gauge. With kids of McAdoo’s talent, everyone has interest and everyone offers but he’s been rumored to be a UNC lean for awhile and I think most coaches realize that, at least somewhat.
– Of course, the big story of the weekend was Marquis Teague visiting UL, along with UK targets Mike Shaw and Wayne Blackshear, amongst others. We talked about Marquis on Sunday (here). Wayne Blackshear has since returned to IL and did an interview (which you can view yourself here) wherein he admits that UL is #1 on his list, he remains open though and is going to take visits to Michigan State, USC and is also getting interest from Texas, Illinois and received a letter from UNC (who, coincidentally, is trying to get involved with Teague, as well). Blackshear, oddly, did not mention UK. Shaw spoke with Insidetheville.com and said that UL is a good fit and that they are also one of his top schools. He says that he’ll take visits with Shaw to USC and Michigan State, with the visit to USC coming later this month. Insidetheville.com also says that Shaw will be visiting UK later this month and that, presumptively, includes Blackshear as well. In Blackshear’s interview that I linked above, he says that his decision could come soon. This also should apply to Shaw since they plan on being a package deal. Most of those deals usually include a less talented player with a more talented player but this one includes two studs. UK fans should hope that they can get these two on campus and sway their leanings before they make an ultimate decision. While I do believe the hype that UL is their leader, I’m not quite as convinced that UK or any other school couldn’t jump in there, get a visit and start to make them think otherwise.
– Jelan Kendrick visited Memphis’ campus over the weekend. Memphis Roar tweeted that UK is very likely out of the race for Kendrick. It’s possible that they have even been entirely eliminated and this would not be surprising as Kendrick is probably stuck behind Lamb or Poole, depending on what position he would want to play, and has not received an offer from the staff.
– Tobias Harris’ father told Zag’s Blog that Tobias might not even take official visits and a decision could come sometime after or during in-home visits. He said that they have already seen most of the schools anyways. This could be positive or negative for Kentucky, depending on if they get picked, I guess. It is nice that Kentucky was one of the more recent visits and Torrel seems to have just changed his mind about needing officials. That, to me, is a good sign. Also, the Cats have the first in-home with Tobias, showing that they have a very strong interest and may have also got the feeling that the in-homes could seal the deal (since you obviously don’t want to be last now, or anywhere but first really).