Josh Selby takes another shot at TBT

 

“It gives me a chance to show people I’m back, to show people I’ve worked on my game,” Josh Selby says. “But I just want to win...for us, for Baltimore, for all our supporters."

Reluctant to enter TBT in 2014, the 2010 Rivals.com top recruit, is all in this year. The shot to take home $1,000,000 is a motivation, but the opportunity to reintroduce himself to the nation is what drives him. The former blue-chip prospect, like so many other players participating in TBT, has his eyes on the opportunity to play in front of a nationally-televised audience this summer on ESPN.

Selby first came across TBT through a Facebook post last year. Despite having his concerns about the legitimacy of a no-entry fee, winner-take-all, high-stakes tournament, Selby decided to enter a team, Team FOE.

FOE drew the No. 7 overall seed in the inaugural 32-team field, matching up with Billy Clapper’s Sideline Cancer in the first round. Selby's stay in TBT would be a brief, but dramatic one, as only four players showed up for the first round game on June 6, 2014 at Philadelphia University. [TBT’s cameras caught the drama and the disappointment up close.]

 

Playing 4-on-5, Selby put on a dominating performance, his sixth triple putting Team FOE up two to start the second half. In the end, though, Selby’s 44 points and a TBT record tying 9 3-pointers were not enough to get the short-handed lineup past the first round, as Sideline Cancer – which was able to shoot 55 percent as a team – pulled away for the 106-99 win. The early exit only offered more motivation in Selby's comeback attempt.

The road to redemption is one with which Selby is very familiar. At Kansas, he was forced to sit out the first semester, but when he finally made his collegiate debut, he scored 21 points in a win against USC. Quickly inserted into the starting five, Selby struggled over the last month of his lone collegiate season, failing to score in double figures in each of the last 12 games for the Jayhawks.

After the 2010-11 season, Selby declared for the NBA Draft, where he was surprised to be selected 49th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies. His stint in the NBA last only two seasons. The 6'2" guard has since gone on to play overseas in China, Croatia and most recently, Israel, playing for Bnei Herzliya, wherehe was seventh in scoring in Israel’s top league this past season, averaging 16.2 points per game.

At only 24 years old, Selby’s playing days are far from over. With TBT inking a TV deal with ESPN and the public’s awareness of the event continuing to increase, he has another platform and another chance to show people across the country how he has developed his game.

“I’ve been all around the world, but where I want to be is the NBA,” Selby told TBT in 2014.

Selby will be one of the top scorers in TBT again this summer, but he won't be shouldering the scoring load by himself on his new squad, TeamBDB. Selby is not only the team’s GM, but also the primary scoring option in the backcourt, which he will share with 5'6" Aquille Carr, the human highlight reel who played for Rep Your City in TBT in 2014.

The perimeter attack is bolstered by the signings of former NBA guards Dominique Jones and Jermaine Taylor. Providing size up front, Selby added Travis Hyman and Willie Reed, making TeamBDB perhaps top team in the South Regional.

Four teams from each region will advance to the Super 17 in Chicago (July 23-25) with all of those games aired on ESPNU. The semifinals and the $1,000,000 Championship Game will be seen live on ESPN on August 1 and 2. That offers hours of airtime and potentially a large payout for Selby and Co.

"We need to do what we know to do," Selby adds. "I think if we just go out there and if everyone sacrifices, if everyone just wants to win, it’ll be a positive outcome for us."

The road to the historic Rose Hill Gym in New York City begins in Atlanta for TeamBDB, scheduled to play its first game on Friday, July 10 at Clayton State University.


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Regional Rounds (Weekend 1) (FRI 7/10, SAT 7/11, SUN 7/12)

July 10-12, 2015: South Regional (Morrow (Atlanta), GA) Teams / Tickets (Clayton State University)  Directions 

July 10-12, 2015: West Regional (Los Angeles, CA) Teams / Tickets (California State University at Los Angeles)  Directions  

Regional Rounds (Weekend 2) (FRI 7/10, SAT 7/11, SUN 7/12)

July 17-19, 2015: Northeast Regional (Philadelphia, PA) Teams / Tickets (Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA)  Directions  

July 17-19, 2015: Midwest Regional (Chicago, IL) Teams / Tickets (DePaul University; McGrath-Phillips Arena)  Directions  

Super 17 (THU 7/23, FRI 7/24, SAT 7/25)

July 23-25, 2015, Chicago, IL Tickets (DePaul University; McGrath-Phillips Arena), Chicago, IL  Directions  

Championship Weekend (SAT 8/1, SUN 8/2)

August 1-2, 2015, New York City Tickets (Fordham University; Rose Hill Gym) (Bronx, NY)  Directions  

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