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Vegas Baby…and…Ok, Fine, a little Josh Selby

I’m going to Vegas this week and, to answer the only burning question most of you care about, Josh Selby will not be there, to the best of my knowledge. Although a GoVolsXtra.com report suggests that he is expected to be in attendance, the Baltimore Elite squad that he has played with all summer is not on any of the roster lists and is actually scheduled to be in Orlando this week. I’ll keep an eye out for the elusive Selby, but as now, I don’t expect him to be there. As promised in the title though, I will have a little Josh Selby report at the end of the post. The three Vegas events occur during the beginning of the second half of the evaluation period for coaches and, thus, should bring out the best in the kids as they give one last effort to impress the coaches in July.

With all three events occurring on or near the same set of days it will be quite a whirlwind and I’ve taken the option of breaking the trip into three days with one tournament on each day. I’ll give a little run down of each but beware: With any AAU tournament there are a plethora of last minute changes and some teams are even competing in two different tournaments, so I’m can’t make any promises with the player lists.

On Wednesday, I’ll be watching the Adidas Super 64. Some of the AAU teams that I’m most interested in seeing include Grassroots Canada, Atlanta Celtics, D1E, So Cal All-Stars, Ohio Basketball Club, Memphis Magic and Florida Rams. A few of the notable UK-related names in attendance include Mychal Parker, Joe Jackson, Tarik Black, Fab Melo, Damien Leonard, Dwight Powell, Ryan Boatright, Justin Martin, Anthony Brown and CJ Leslie.

On Thursday, I’ll be heading over the Reebok Summer Championships. AAU teams competing here include NY Panthers, D-One Sports, California Supreme and MBA Elite. Some of the players that I’ll be watching are Keala King, Kevin Johnson, LaQuinton Ross, Quincy Miller, Sterling Gibbs, Dominique Ferguson and Ray McCallum.

On Friday, its time for the Main Event.Teams in attendance here include Mac Irvin Fire, Team Takeover, Nike Team Florida and Drew Gooden Soldiers. I’m most excited to the see the Mac Irvin teams compete. Their rosters include Mike Shaw, Wayne Blackshear and Sam Thompson.

As with most of the other events, following the twitter will be the best way to get the breaking news on player’s school lists, upcoming visits, reports from the games and anything else that might occur. For those of you that don’t follow twitter, that’s ok, I’ll also be posting reports each day from the events.

Now for a little Josh Selby. When I attended the NBAPA Top 100 Camp, I went with the intention of mainly watching UK recruits because there were so many there and precious little time to get to see them all. Still, there were a few players that weren’t on UK’s radar at that time that caught my eye, including Florida-commit Patric Young, the scoring machine named Stacey Poole and Josh Selby. Of course, Stacey is now on UK’s radar, even listing UK in his “Top 5,” and with the recent developments, Josh Selby is a UK recruit as well.

My first thought when watching Josh was how much I was going to hate seeing him in Volunteer orange and my second thought was how glad I was that I wouldn’t have to talk about him because saying the name just isn’t that easy to do. Try it. Joshua Selby works but Josh Selby just doesn’t roll off the tongue. Please feel free to add suggested nicknames for Mr. Selby in the comments. Anyways, Selby finished the camp #1 in the scoring column but it was his ridiculous competitiveness and energy that impressed me most. Against any top point guard he faced, he was constantly invading their space and making them work on every single possession. On offense, when the lane opened up, he would slip through the crack and welcome any contact he received along the way, while finishing strongly at the rim. The term “tough-nosed competitor” fits him perfectly and I wouldn’t be surprised if famed author William C. Gillispie uses a picture of Josh on the cover of his new book.  In the dunk contest, Selby showed his uncanny athleticism and later, in tournament play, I even saw him knock down a few rangy jumpshots that I didn’t think he had in him.

Overall, I was hatin’ hard on the future Vol while I was there, but now I’m able to finally release all my true thoughts and say that Selby is a big time competitor and is every bit as athletic and talented as advertised. He would also easily be able to fit into either guard spot and that, along with the lack of timidness Cal has for a two point guard system, should allow the coaching staff to continue recruiting other guards in the event that they are lucky enough to lock down Selby. Eric Bledsoe may become an issue for other guards looking at UK, if what most believe will happen comes true and he sticks around for more than a year, but with a player of Selby’s talent level, you’d be hardpressed to find a coach that would pass up a definite commitment from Selby in order to take a chance at some other recruit in the future. Like Matt said in the News & Views, this will likely end up in a “first to commit” scenario that UK wins big with either way.

Article written by Dustin Rumbaugh

I enjoy basketball, Kentucky sports and extremely short walks on the beach, followed by a nap. Sorry ladies, I'm taken.