Kansas prep star Wayne Selden picks Jayhawks
Lawrence, KS, United States (4E Sports) – Small forward Wayne Selden, the nation’s No. 14 overall recruit in the Class of 2013, has picked Kansas Monday, saying the school is “the right fit for him as a person and player”.
After just one official visit, Selden made up his might and chose Kansas over Syracuse, Florida, Missouri and UCLA.
“It is the right fit for me as a person and a player,” said Selden, who plays high school ball at the Tilton School in New Hampshire. “When we walked in the arena, the roar of the crowd was insane. I was filled with excitement and to a certain extent overwhelmed.”
With Selden’s entry, the Jayhawks moved to No. 2 in the 2013 class ranking behind Kentucky and beefed up their backcourt for the future.
Selden will join Conner Frankamp, a point guard out of Wichita, Kansas and Monroe shooting guard Brannen Greene. In addition, Kansas has a commitment from two-star point guard Frank Mason of Petersburg, Virginia.
“Growing up in the city (Boston), which I love, but there are always distractions both positive and negative,” Selden said. “Tilton helped me stay focused on academics and basketball. Lawrence, Kansas, is a great college town and has the same feeling as Tilton.”
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Selden has been preparing for his entry to the college level by enhancing his scoring and ballhandling skills under Steve Hailey, a former Boston College player.
Scouting reports describe Selden as a good passer with terrific vision and unselfishness. They also said that Selden can punish opponents with his long-range jumper, post-up moves and strong drives to the basket.
Selden, however, admitted that there are still holes in his game that need improvement under Kansas coach Bill Self.
“Coach Self is a great coach,” Selden said. “They made me feel welcomed and wanted. He has a plan for me.”