I think most of us were surprised to see Josh Selby drop to the Grizzlies at No. 49, but that's part of the draft process. It's a full evaluation, and I think there were enough questions about his health concerns and his mental makeup to push 48 other players ahead of the former Kansas point guard.
Don't get me wrong, I think most of us are happy to have seen him fall to us in the second round, but we also realize that he's going to be a project. A project with an impressive skill set, but a project nonetheless.
This week Selby joined KCSP in Kansas City to talk about his being selected by the Grizzlies. It was an interesting take, and one which I think we'll look back at and possibly pick apart if he fails to work his way onto the Memphis roster.
Our friends over at Sports Radio Interviews have the complete transcript from the interview, but we picked a few of our favorite quotes and posted them after the jump.
Did you expect to go sooner than that?:
"I didn’t know, really, what to expect because my range was so wide because of what happened at Kansas. Everybody knew I had the talent, but they were just wanting to know what was going on at Kansas and didn’t know if they wanted to take that chance on me. But my name got called. I’m happy; I’m very excited. I can’t wait to play for the Grizzlies."
Great to hear that he's excited to be with the Grizzlies, but the fact that he was self-aware of his "problems" at Kansas concerns me, slightly. So, he knows something "went on" in Kansas, yet he was unable to explain it away throughout the draft process. Which means, it was on him. Right? And he couldn't explain himself. That bothers me, for some reason.
How would you classify what happened at Kansas?:
"It was an up-and-down season. It was very disappointing. I came out after my nine-game suspension and had a heckuva game. I had some other good games after that. I had an injury that kind of slowed me down. … If I didn’t have that injury, the season would’ve been different. But what happened at Kansas is over with. Now I have a bigger future to think about."
Again, what did go on at Kansas? We know about the injury, but it's the "other" stuff we're interested in.
What would he like to say to fans who weren’t happy he went into the draft?:
"I don’t say anything to those fans. I just say thanks to my supporters out there, everyone who wished me luck and want me to good, I say thank you to them. I even say thank you to the people who don’t want me to do good because they’re the people who motivate me."
Well, we'll never actually know what happened at Kansas, and time will only tell what kind of prospect we have on our hands. But, to his credit he said all the right things and didn't trash anyone.
OK, so maybe we didn't learn so much after all in this interview, but when a radio station in Kansas continues to prod into Selby's past it is a bit concerning. Eh, who am I kidding. We can use the talent!