Selby’s old coach: He’s the best player in the country

Just about every recruiting website out there has reported that Indiana has an in-home visit with Josh Selby on Tuesday. In my quest to independently confirm that, I’ve spoken to the current and former coach of Rivals.com’s No. 4 player in the class of 2010, and came up with some info I’d like to share while I’m waiting on callbacks.

Selby’s current coach at Baltimore’s Lake Clifton-Eastern High School, former Syracuse player and British Basketball League pro Herman “Tree” Harried, confirmed that Indiana is involved in Selby’s recruiting, though he couldn’t state for certain whether an in-home visit was imminent. Though he couldn’t say much about Selby because the 6-foot-2, 183-pound point guard hasn’t played a game at Lake Clifton yet, he loves what he has seen.

“He’s athletic,” Harried said. “He’s very strong, and he plays very mature with his size and his strength. He can put the ball in the basket.”

DeMatha Catholic coach Mike Jones’ praise for Selby was much stronger.

Jones wouldn’t say why Selby left DeMatha — “I can’t say anything about it,” he said — but he did say that Selby might be the best prospect to ever come out of the D.C. suburban superpower.

“I believe he’s the best player in the country,” Jones said. “I think he can do pretty much anything on the court that you needed him to do. He can handle the ball, he can shoot the ball, he can defend the ball, he can rebound the ball,  he can pass the ball. He’s as talented guy as we’ve ever had here at DeMatha.”

That’s impressive considering it’s a strong list, thanks to the legacy of former coach Morgan Wooten, a basketball hall-of-famer. Former North Carolina star Joseph Forte and former Kentucky star Keith Bogans are among the better known recent DeMatha stars, and Hall-of-Famer Adrian Dantley is also on the list.

But Jones believes Selby could be special.

“He doesn’t have many weaknesses,” Jones said. “If he has any,  I don’t see him having much. He’s a pro waiting to happen. I work all the camps in the summer. I’ve seen every player out there, and I don’t believe there’s a player better than him.”

Indiana is obviously fighting some extremely tough competition. According to internet reports, Selby, who de-committed from Tennessee earlier this year has already had in-home visits from Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, Florida State, Baylor and Oregon. The Hoosiers apparently got involved within the last two weeks, and it’s uncertain whether that will hurt their chances.

“I don’t want to say it hurt them, because I don’t want to say anything bad about them,” Harried said.  “But it does usually help in recruiting when you’re involved with a guy from the beginning. … I’ll be honest with you. There’s a number of schools that are recruiting him, and he’s trying to treat everyone fairly.”

13 comments

  1. This is going to be almost impossible. We’re late and Selby knows he was our second choice. The only glimmer I see is that with so many teams on his list I don’t see Selby signing in November, but rather in the spring. That gives us some time. I don’t see it happening, but good for Crean for trying.

  2. I’d like to see it happen and, as always, until he commits or rules out Indiana I’ll be pulling for him to be a Hoosier

  3. would be great, but lets hope everything is done on the up and up, otherwise, we dont need to get into that kind of game. leave that for UK/Duke/UL etc

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