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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Josh Selby a no-show at team banquet

By Diamond Leung

The start of the Kansas season began with top freshman Josh Selby serving a nine-game suspension for accepting impermissible benefits.

Selby averaged 7.9 points and 2.2 assists in 26 games, and he seemed to lose confidence after missing three games with a foot injury and then being relegated to a bench player.

Now at the end of a 35-3 season that ended with an Elite Eight appearance, Selby hasn't yet declared for the draft but has been training in Las Vegas. That's where he remained Monday during the Kansas team banquet, leaving coach Bill Self to answer questions on his whereabouts, according to the Lawrence Journal-World.
"Josh is getting information through workout people in Las Vegas, trying to get some good feedback. We'll have an answer the next day or two," KU coach Bill Self said, indicating he was not upset at Selby for missing the proceedings.

"I talked to Maeshon (mom) today. That decision is coming real soon," Self added. "He has done the work he needs to academically to pass his classes, but he’s been gone six days. If he's going to come back, he'll be coming back real soon. If not, he won't. Certainly he will salvage this semester academically and pass his classes, which is good."

Andy Katz doesn't think working out in Vegas for the short amount of time would change much, and his absence from the banquet leads to questions about whether Selby is a team player. Marcus and Markieff Morris, even after they hired an agent and declared for the NBA draft, attended the banquet.

At the event in Lawrence, Self said, "In my opinion, we had the best team in America."

After a year in which Self stood behind Selby, the freshman probably should have at least had the event in his datebook.