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Andrew Who?: Wayne Selden Will Be the Nation’s Best Kept Secret
The original gem of the Jayhawks’ class was Wayne Selden, a 6’5″ Shooting Guard from Boston, who was the 5th ranked prospect in the nation according to Scout, 12th to 247 and Rivals, and 14th to ESPN.
Selden committed early, on October 15th of last year, and enrolled at Kansas about a week ago. He was heavily recruited by big time teams like Florida, Kentucky, Syracuse, UConn and Ohio State; but there was little to no doubt that Selden would end up anywhere but Lawrence, Kansas.
As a McDonalds and Jordan Brand All-American in his senior season, Wayne averaged 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists a game in AAU ball last summer before his final campaign at The Tilton School in Boston, Mass.
With Kansas losing their top five scorers from last year, it was thought that Selden would have to carry the load as the team’s go-to guy next to Perry Ellis, a 5.8 ppg scorer last season as a freshman.
Selden joined Joel Embiid, Brannen Greene and Connor Frankamp in Kansas’ pre-Wiggins recruiting class, however, with the addition of Wiggins, the Jayhawks will have a nice rotation at the 2, 3 and 4 positions.
Now that the biggest college recruit in (10?) years has joined forces with him, Wayne Selden can become a number two scorer, and can become more efficient as Wiggins creates more shots for him. In the opposite regard, Selden is a better shooter than Wiggins and may be able to open lanes with his deep threat.
A second-fiddle role for Selden should be beneficial for him, though he is capable of being Kansas’ number one guy, as he will be able to showcase his more positive traits rather than try and force offense in a limited offense.
Coach Calipari’s haul in Lexington will be the far and away favorite to dominate the college basketball landscape in 2013-2014, but Kansas’ freshman haul will boast a 1-2 punch in Wiggins and Selden that may be as good as, if not better than Kentucky’s Randle and Harrison(s).
They will not be as hyped as a duo, however, due to Kentucky’s prowess and Wiggins’ already ridiculous expectations. I’m not sure Wayne Selden wants it that way, but it may be better for him.
It will be better for basketball if they keep an eye on Selden, despite the his sidekick status.
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