Josh Selby | Childhood, Career, Rivals & Net Worth

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Josh Selby is a thriving professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). As he portrays himself as a point guard in games, he does carry the scorer’s mentality, though, at times, he makes a questionable decisions. 

In simple words, Josh does carry athleticism, creativity, and body control in the games. Starting in 2011, he currently plays for the Franklin Bulls. 

Josh Selby during a match
Josh Selby during a match

Before this, he was also on his collegiate team with Kansas Jayhawks.

Later, he appeared for teams like Memphis Grizzlies, Canton Charge, Maine Red Claws, Qingdao Eagles, etc. 

Quick Facts 

Full Name Joshua Cornell Selby
Date of Birth March 27, 1991
Birth Place Baltimore, Maryland
Nick Name None
Religion Unknown 
Nationality American 
Ethnicity Black 
Zodiac Sign Aries
Age 33 years old
Height 6’2″(1.88 meters)
Weight 183 lb(83 kg)
Hair Color Black 
Eye Color Black
Build Athletic 
Father’s Name Name unknown
Mother’s Name Maeshon Witherspoon
Education DeMatha Catholic High School
The John Carroll School
Lake Clifton High School
Overlea High School
University of Kansas
Marital Status Unmarried
Girlfriend Unknown 
Profession Basketball player (NBL League)
Affiliations Memphis Grizzlies
Cleveland Cavaliers
Socar Petkim
Maccabi Kiryat Gat
Incheon Elephants
Ferro Carril Oeste
Active Years 2011-present
NBA Draft 2011
Net Worth $2 million
Social Media Twitter
Merch  Autographed College Boards, Rookie Card
Last Update May, 2024

Josh Selby | Early Life, Family, and Education

Joshua Cornell Selby was born on March 27, 1991, under the Aries sun sign. As a native of Baltimore, Maryland, he was born in a single-parent household to Maeshon Witherspoon.

Indeed, not much is known about his childhood days, and Selby often titles them as “rough times.” His childhood days were tough growing up in a gunfire-filled neighborhood in West Baltimore. 

As Witherspoon joined McDonald’s for work, he was left in his grandmother’s house when he was just five.

He would call his mother, scared of the gunfire noises during those tenures, while Witherspoon would leave everything at work and run to him.

Also, growing up to be a middle schooler got more difficult. Back then, as Witherspoon left her old jobs to get a new one, her new works weren’t just in place, due to which she got behind with the rents.

Selby with his mother
Selby with his mother

Thus, all she could do was move in with her friends. There, she shared a bed with her friend while Josh shared a bed with two other boys. 

As Witherspoon explained herself, in the meantime, Josh was also showing a sign of “street boys.” In simple words, he would often talk about ditching school and skipping curfews.

Change in surrounding 

Following it, Witherspoon decided to live with her mother, who welcomed them warmly. Right then, she changed his middle school and even the neighborhood, which gradually bought a positive change in Josh.

However, it didn’t put away traumatic events at the bay. Josh witnessed some of the worst moments of his life back then when he saw one of his friend’s mouths whipped with a pistol.

Likewise, he even witnessed his cousin Shelton Turner get shot in the car, which gradually died of brain swelling. 

As for his academics, Josh was foremost enrolled in the DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, and The John Carroll School in Bel Air, Maryland.

Therefore, he later attended Lake Clifton High School in Baltimore for his senior year. Altogether, he was lastly committed to the University of Kansas.

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Introduction to Basketball

As a matter of fact, Josh’s mother, Witherspoon, used to be a basketball player at Overlea High School in Baltimore. After high school, she even gained a basketball scholarship offer at Coppin State.

Therefore, she would pass on her known talent to her son at a tender age. Later, when Josh was seven, she concluded that his left hand was weak. 

She always took him to the gym and made him bounce the ball and dribble with only his left hand. Of course, Josh would often cry, begging him to stop it. Finally, however, she would urge him to complete it.

Josh posted 32 points, seven assists, five rebounds, and two steals per game during his senior season as a high schooler.

Recruitment to the College Team

Following his high school graduation, Josh had first decided to commit to the University of Tennessee. However, he changed his decision later in 2009.

Later in 2010, Josh picked to commit to the University of Kansas over Kentucky, UConn, and Arizona. It was all announced at the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden live on ESPN2. 

Josh Selby for the University of Kansas
Selby for the University of Kansas

Altogether, Josh entered the college grounds as the #1 rated recruit on the recruiting website

He played under Kansas coach Bill Self and commenced the journey as the dunk contest winner before the game during his tenure.

Overall, his college journey was surrounded by controversial grounds, and he was even suspended for nine games. Furthermore, his season was riddled with injuries that forced him to sit out many games. 

After his return, Josh maintained an average of 7.9 points and 2.2 assists in 20.4 minutes per game.

Alongside, he had only featured in a total of 26 games among the 38 games of a team. 

Josh Selby | Basketball Career

Back in April 2011, Selby announced his decision on Twitter to enter the 2011 NBA Draft. Memphis Grizzlies selected him as the 49th overall pick in the second round on June 23, 2011.

Moreover, they signed a deal on December 10, 2011.

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Memphis Grizzlies

Initially, Josh played for the Reno Bighorns, where he bagged the 2012 NBA Summer League. Additionally, he also earned MVP honors alongside Damian Lillard

Cleveland Cavaliers 

Later in 2013, Memphis Grizzlies traded Josh alongside Marreese Speights and Wayne Ellington to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Back then, he played in the Development League for the Canton Charge.

Maine Red Claws and Qingdao Eagles

The same year in March, the Cavaliers waived Josh away, and Maine Red Claws signed him.

However, he didn’t last long with the team as he signed with the Chinese team, Qingdao Eagles. However, until November, he was again waived even by the Eagles. 

A short stint with the teams 

Afterward, Josh signed in and out of the team in a short interval for quite a long time. 

On January 7, 2014, he first signed with the team in Croatia named Cedevita Zagreb but was out of the team the next month.

Likewise, he went to sign with the Israeli Basketball Premier League with Bnei Herzliya.

In 2015, he was then in the Turkish Basketball Second League, where he played for Scor Petkim. Next year, Josh was in the Turkish Basketball Super League, where he appeared with Best Belikesir. 

Similarly, he played for the Israeli club Maccabi Kiryat Gat, the Incheon Elephants of the Korean Basketball League, and Ferro Carril Oeste of the Liga Nacional de Básquet.

From 2019 onwards, Josh has played for San Lázaro in the Dominican Republic and Kumanovo of the Macedonian First League.

He plays for the Franklin Bulls for the 2021 New Zealand NBL season, with whom he signed on January 15, 2021.

Josh Selby | Stats

  • College Stats
Career 26 7.9 2.2 2.2 37.3 36.2 75.7 46.1 11.9 1.3
  • NBA Stats
Career 38 0 7.8 .330 .143 .720 .5 .9 .2 .0 2.2

Learn more about his summer league stats and recruiting rankings on RealGM and ESPN.

  • International Stats
Career 5 28 .475 22 27 .815 10 10 81

Josh Selby | Achievements, Highlights, and Controversies

Today, Josh Selby stands with statistics of an average of 2.2 points and 0.9 assists with 38 scores altogether. 

As an important factor, Josh mainly portrays crafty offensive skills. Furthermore, Josh depicts strong confidence in games and often snatches opportunities from the defense.

Some of his achievements and Kansas highlights are listed below.

  • 2× Israeli League All-Star (2015 & 2017)
  • McDonald’s All-American (2010)
  • Second-team Parade All-American (2010)

Equally important, Selby garnered success easily, and he had almost things placed smoothly for him in the early days.

However, the number one prospect sunk more to the bottom half of the list later. Throughout his journey, he did face some controversies of their own. 

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Robert “Bay” Frazier and “improper benefits.”

Right after entering the Kansas Jayhawks, Josh Selby was suspended for nine games in total. Back then, he was not yet cleared to play as per NCAA. 

Also, they reported that the NCAA we’re investigating Josh during his tenure.

As a result, NCAA concluded that Josh was taking “improper benefits” from Robert “Bay” Frazier, the business manager for New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.

Overall, Josh’s mother stated that she had known Robert since her elementary days and had asked him to act as an adviser during his college recruitment.

Furthermore, she had even asked him to host Selby’s in-home visits with college coaches in their own house.

NCAA suspended Josh and ordered him to pay $4,607.58 from Frazier to any charity. 


Back in February 2011, uncovered a series of chats between Josh and a boy named Justin Cruz, questioning his sexuality. 

Indeed, it pretty much bought up another chaos in Josh’s life and yet another problem to comment on. Well, below are the provided conversation between the two.

“Justin: Aight, well, are you still gonna get the hotel room? and once I’m done with you, your gonna get turned out LOL, and when you get time, follow me @IamJustinCruz

Josh: Idk about all of that, but I will see your pretty face 🙂 and yeah, I’m getting the telly hit me up aight!

Josh: wassup, bruh….here are some pictures of me. Don’t show anybody! because I’m in sports and don’t want people to know, and I’m just curious, not gay, bruh.”

Depressed with the Grizzlies 

In 2013, Josh made a statement about the Grizzlies, where he said he was depressed with the team. Arriving at the team after Kansas, Selby had broken his hand and struggled with a stress reaction on his right foot.

Thus, as he got stressed, he performed lesser, which eventually traded him to the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

“I went through a time where I was depressed with basketball and Grizzlies. I got depressed because things weren’t going my way, and I had thoughts of retiring. If I had a legit chance to showcase my talents and a coach that trusts me, I might reach my full potential.”

Additionally, Josh also stated that he never got a good amount of gameplay with the team. 

Marijuana Possession Charge

In January 2012, Josh Selby was charged with marijuana possession and appeared in Prince George’s County district court. However, not many details are given about it.

Furthermore, Josh gave a blunt comment on the situation, stating, “no comment about it. It is what it is.” Not to mention, he was also not given any suspension or sort of those. 

Again, the very next day, Josh was indulged in a charge with failure to obey properly placed traffic control device instructions. 

Josh Selby | Net Worth, Salary, and Career Earnings

Currently, Josh Selby has a net worth of $2 million with total career earnings of $1,484,408. Furthermore, his salary in the 2011-12 season was $442,683 with the Memphis Grizzlies. 

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Josh Selby | Personal Life and Relationships

Selby is private with his life, and very few are covered about his personal phase in life. Well, it is unknown if he is married or in a relationship. 

Indeed, he is not active on social media platforms, and it’s unknown about his days.

However, as per the sources, Selby was previously in a relationship though the lady is unknown.

Apparently, he was dating her in his early days, and as per him, the lady was the one who leaked his conversation that led to his gay conversation.

Besides that, his Twitter profile and cover page show him holding a child in his arms. Nevertheless, it is unsure if the child belongs to him or not. 

Josh Selby | Social Media Presence

You can follow Josh Selby on Twitter to get the latest information on him. In addition, he usually posts basketball-related news, events, and workout videos on his social media handle. 

Twitter: 26.8k Followers 

Josh Selby | FAQs

What is Josh Selby’s jersey number?

Josh Selby was number 32 in Kansas Jayhawks and 25 in Incheon Electroland Elephants.

Has Josh Selby sustained an injury?

Recently in June 2021, he sustained an injury that caused him to leave the Franklin Bulls of the National Basketball League. Selby had signed a contract with them at the start of 2021.

Rajani Gurung
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