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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Kansas G Josh Selby

05.26.11 at 11:10 pm ET
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Josh Selby entered the draft after one injury-plagued season at Kansas. (AP)

WEEI.com continues to provide daily insight and analysis on the 2011 NBA draft. This is one in a series of profiles of players who might be available for the Celtics to select with one of their two picks (25th and 55th overall).

Josh Selby

Position: Guard

School: Kansas

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 195 pounds

Stats: 7.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.2 apg

What he brings: Selby arrived at Kansas with a reputation as a dynamic high-scoring guard who is better at creating off the dribble than shooting from the outside. However, his one year of college basketball told a different story from his high school career, when he was one of the nation’s most sought-after recruits.

After sitting out the first nine games because of an eligibility issue with the NCAA, Selby made his debut in December and scored 21 and 18 points in successive games against USC and Cal. But he injured his foot in February and was never able to make much of an impact after he returned. He’s also a classic tweener as he’s small for a shooting guard and hasn’t displayed many point guard skills.

Selby shot reasonably well from 3-point range (36 percent) but didn’t stand out in any one particular area. If not for the minimum age requirements, Selby would have entered the draft out of high school and been a first round draft pick last season, but after one year of college he’s on the first-round bubble.

Where the Celtics could get him: First round

What they’re saying: “It did not play out real great for Josh, but it wasn’t because he wasn’t good enough or didn’t try hard enough or didn’t fit in. It was because of health. After he got hurt, he could have just put it in park and not played. But he wanted to play even though he wasn’t 100 percent.” — Kansas coach Bill Self

Notes: Selby has been a controversial figure in basketball circles for years even though he just turned 20 in March. Two stories worth reading: This piece from the New York Times from his senior year of high school and this more recent one from the Kansas City Star offer some insight.

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