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Selby Set to Visit UConn; Wright Leaves Friars; Stokes Apologizes for Incident
Josh Selby is set to visit UConn this weekend and attend Sunday’s game against Louisville despite the massive snowstorm blanketing the Northeast.
“Everything is going well and yes everything is on for UConn,” Maeshon Witherspoon, Selby’s mother, told Alex Kline of BoxofMess.com.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Selby is down to four schools: Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky and UConn.
He had initially cut the Huskies from his list but now they are back on.
“Actually, we had a relationship with UConn first,” Witherspoon told the Baltimore Sun. “They were on the list. We kind of had some miscommunication, so we talked about it and worked it back out.”
A McDonald’s All-American, Selby is averaging more than 30 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for Baltimore (Md.) Lake Clifton.
UConn is also involved with senior guards Brandon Knight, Cory Joseph and Doron Lamb.WRIGHT LEAVES FRIARSKyle Wright, a 6-6, 215-pound junior from Hartford, Conn., is leaving the Providence basketball team, according to the Providence Journal.
Wright was averaging 2.8 points and 1.7 rebounds, while shooting just 36 percent from the floor.
He said his lack of playing time combined with his academic workload motivated him to leave the team. He is pursuing a double major in business management and sociology.
“I was required to take more credits than any other student,” Wright told the Providence Journal. “They accepted 70 credits and it normally takes 116 to graduate. I need 140 credits. It would be possible (to graduate and keep playing basketball), but I was in a position where I had to do everything perfectly. I had to fit everything in perfectly.”
Providence has three players committed for next season and now has an extra scholarship to use.
The Friars are involved with 6-3 point guard Bryon Allen of St. Thomas More; 6-9 forwardKadeem Jack of Manhattan Rice; 6-6 Joel “Air Jamaica” Wright, who previously committed to Fordham; 6-4 shooting guard Trey Ziegler of Michigan Mount Pleasant; and 6-9 power forward Jon Horford of Michigan Grand Ledge.
STOKES APOLOGIZES FOR INCIDENT
Corey Stokes apologized to his Villanova teammates after getting a citation for public urination early Thursday morning.
“It’s embarrassing,” Stokes said, according to Terry Toohey of the Delco Times. “I apologized and I learned from my mistakes.”
Villanova coach Jay Wright said he wasn’t certain whether he would punish the 6-5 junior by not playing him against Syracuse in Saturday’s Big East tilt. It sounds like Stokes will play, but may not start.
“I’m still thinking about it,” Wright said, according to the DelcoTimes. “He’s fine with me and the team. He apologized to the team. It was a simple college student’s mistake. He was not drunk and so with me he’s fine. It’s just a matter of what I think about with the team, but he’s playing and it’s just going to be a matter if we make a little decision. It’s not a major deal to me or the team.”
The original story was first reported Thursday afternoon by ZAGSBLOG.COM, and credited by USA Today and Deadspin.
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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.
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