Kansas Jayhawks' Josh Selby Ruled Eligible For December 18

Mike HendersonCorrespondent IINovember 21, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 13:  The Kansas Jayhawk mascot celebrates with championship banner after the Jayhawks defeated the Kansas State Wildcats to win the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship on March 13, 2010 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The USC Trojans will be the first team to see the complete Kansas Jayhawk roster in action on December 18th at Allen Fieldhouse.

The NCAA has ruled that Josh Selby did receive impermissible benefits (the determination was around $4,600), and that a nine-game suspension was warranted. I'm not sure how each case is determined, but nine games seems to be the standard. Kentucky fans may not agree with this decision, but the difference in the amount of "benefits" Selby and Enes Kanter supposedly received is substantial.

Kansas had appealed the delay, allowing Selby to attend class and practise, but the appeal had expired and Selby has not been on the court with the team for almost two weeks.

The addition of Selby adds an explosive element to an already deep backcourt. He will need some game time to get acclimated to his teammates, but the addition of Selby may propel the Jayhawks to yet another Big 12 title. He will miss games against Arizona, UCLA and Memphis, but will be there for the entire conference season.

Kansas has looked good without him. Brady Morningstar, Tyrel Reed and Tyshawn Taylor have handled the guard duties capably and the Morris twins, Marcus and Markieff, have been dominant in the paint. The schedule has been less than daunting to this point but it is about to get much tougher with five consecutive games against solid teams beginning November 27th.

The next month will be an interesting one for the Jayhawks, and one that will have them primed and ready for the tough Big 12 schedule.