Selby Freed

NEW YORK - APRIL 17: Jelan Kendrick #45 of East Team blocks Josh Selby #32 of West Team during the National Game at the 2010 Jordan Brand classic at Madison Square Garden on April 17, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for Jordan Brand Classic)

After what seems like months of investigation and debate, the NCAA has finally made their ruling on Kansas freshman Josh Selby. Selby was found guilty of taking illegal benefits, and will sit out the first nine games of Kansas’ season. He will also have to pay nearly $6,000 to charity, the amount of “benefits” he was found guilty of taking.

For Kansas and Selby, this is a major win-win. Selby got to take full advantage of his situation, though he obviously should have done a better job of being discrete, and now he gets to contribute in every meaningful Kansas game this season. For Bill Self and Kansas, he gets his top recruit, and probably best perimeter player, making Kansas a true Final Four contender.

Obviously I’m a bit biased, I would prefer to see Kansas not get more talented, but I can’t help but question the NCAA line of thinking here. If anything, it would seem like they have given the green light to other recruits to also take money as prep players. With such a light punishment, and one that will have no bearing on Selby’s prospects in the NBA Draft, other top prep players can openly take gifts as well.

Gary Parrish at CBS Sports came to the same conclusion.

In other words, it’s no different than a preseason high-ankle sprain.

It just pays better.

So Shabazz Muhammad and Andre Drummond, if you’re still reading this, I hope you learned a lesson.

Improper benefits are going to be offered to you.

You can turn them down if you want.

But me, I’d probably just take them.

Because the worst that can happen doesn’t seem all that bad.

Agreed, and unless the NCAA comes down hard on the next player who is caught in this same situation, there is nothing stopping this from becoming more of an epidemic.

Now, to shift to a more positive note.

It’s on. With Selby cleared for all the Big 12 games, we are one Tony Mitchell report card away from I-70 ruling the college basketball landscape. Any game involving two of  Kansas, K-State, and Missouri is always fantastic, but this year they will all be loaded with great basketball. Three top-15 teams, all with aspirations of reaching the Final Four. With Selby on the team, Kansas has no excuses. Neither do K-State or Mizzou.

It’s going to be really fun.

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