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Friday / July 19.
  • Selby Adds In-Homes, Indiana in the Mix; Rivers Visiting Duke; Coach K, Calhoun Visiting Smith

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    Now that Indiana is out of the Kyrie Irving Sweepstakes, look for Tom Crean’s staff to make a hard push for Irving’s buddy Josh Selby.

    The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Selby out of Baltimore (Md.) Lake Clifton will get an in-home visit from Indiana Sept. 22.

    “That’s correct,” said his mother, Maeshon Witherspoon. “They’re coming in for an in-home visit.”

    Witherspoon has known Indiana assistant Roshown McLeod for several years.

    Selby, who this summer decommitted from Tennessee, will host Miami Sept. 21, Indiana Sept. 22, Syracuse Sept. 23 and Kentucky Sept. 24.

    UConn, Kansas, Baylor, Oregon, Texas and Florida State have already come for in-home visits. Selby has also visited UConn unofficially.

    Witherspoon said Texas and Tennessee are no longer in the mix for Selby, the Co-MVP on the losing team at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 event last month in New York.

    “Schools that we’re not considering anymore are Texas and Tennessee,” she said.

    After the Kentucky visit, the family will begin to cut the list.

    “That’s the end of the in-home visits,” Witherspoon said.

    “Now the hard part comes. We’re going to have to weed out the schools that we’re not going to look at. I don’t know if I can cut it down to five but I’m going to try go cut it down as much as possible.”

    Witherspoon said she and Josh plan to follow all of the teams they’re considering through the season and see how they progress before making a decision.

    “We’re going to sit back and see how most of the teams’ seasons play out,” she said.

    RIVERS VISITING DUKE

    Austin Rivers, considered by some the best guard in the nation, is visiting Duke unofficially this weekend, even though he’s committed to Florida.

    “He’s going to Florida, there’s no doubt about that. He’s committed there, he’s a Florida kid,” Doc Rivers, Austin’s dad and the Celtics coach, told me last month in New York.

    “I just thought he should look [at other schools] just to make sure that’s where he wants to go, but that’s where he wants to go.”

    The 6-3, 175-pound junior out of Winter Haven (Fla.)  committed to Florida as a high school freshman.

    Still, New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski thinks Rivers’ commitment was premature.

    “Kids commit way too early,” Tom said last month. “With Austin Rivers, even though he says he’s still committed, his father wants him to visit Duke, North Carolina, UConn and UCLA.

    “He said he’s still committed but his father wants him to take some more visits. When a kid’s a sophomore, he doesn’t know what he wants for lunch, no less where he wants to go to school. It just underscores the folly of kids committing so early.

    “To me committing is like being pregnant. Either you are you aren’t.”

    ROSCOE SMITH UPDATE

    UConn head coach Jim Calhoun will visit Oak Hill forward Roscoe Smith at school today and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski comes for a home visit with the family Sept. 22.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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