July 3, 2008

Vols Make Early Push For No. 1 PG in 2010

College basketball recruiting isn't completely devoid of the occasional sleeper, but by and large chances are that if you've got a chance to be an elite prospect, college coaches are going to know about you early. That's certainly the case with Bel Aire, Maryland point guard Josh Selby, already regarded as one of the top overall players in the class of 2010.

Selby (6-foot-1, 175 pounds), from the storied Dematha program in the Washington D.C. area, entered the summer as a prospect with a burgeoning reputation. But his play this spring and during the month of June-especially at the NBA Players' Association Camp-stamped him as more than just another youngster to keep an eye on.

The quick and creative playmaker showed enough game going against top-notch competition to be ranked as the No. 1 point-guard in the country in Rivals.com's initial 2010 rankings.

All of that's relevant to Tennessee's recruiting efforts because Selby has emerged as perhaps the Vols' top-early target among rising high-school juniors. That would be an hollow designation if it didn't appear that reciprocal interest existed, but when Selby made the trip to Knoxville to attend Tennessee's Elite Camp last month, it signaled that the Vols are in the early mix for one of the nation's biggest underclassmen names.

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