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Monday, October 15, 2012
Tilton's Wayne Selden commits to Kansas

By Brendan Hall

ESPN's Paul Biancardi is reporting this afternoon that Tilton (N.H.) senior swingman and Roxbury native Wayne Selden gave a verbal commitment to the University of Kansas this morning, following an official visit over the weekend to the Lawrence, Kan. campus during the Jayhawks' annual Midnight Madness celebration.

"It is the right fit for me as a person and a player," Selden told Biancardi. "When we walked in the arena (for Late Night in the Phog), the roar of the crowd was insane. I was filled with excitement and to a certain extent overwhelmed."

Selden is currently ranked as the nation's No. 14 overall senior by ESPNU. He moved back into his original Class of 2013 over the summer; following his freshman season at Roxbury's O'Bryant High in 2009-10, he transferred to Tilton and re-classified to the 2014 class.

The team over at RecruitingNation have a few interesting nuggets of note. At 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, Selden is built like a linebacker and is difficult to contain off the ball. But Biancardi notes of his individual development over the last year, particularly working with Steve Hailey, a former Boston College guard and a coach with Selden's AAU program, the Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC).



The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Selden has dominated high school and the summer circuit thanks to his size and strength.

This past spring and summer Selden started to make individual improvements with the help of Steve Hailey, a former Boston College player who trains him. He and Hailey worked together to enhance his scoring and ballhandling skills.

Still, he knows there are holes in his game and understands there is a huge learning curve from prep school to the Big 12.

"I must work on my lateral speed to defend better and keep working on my ballhandling," Selden said.

He will now head to play for one of the most successful coaches in the nation in Bill Self, who Selden hopes will continue to help him improve his game.

"Coach Self is a great coach," Selden said. "They made me feel welcomed and wanted. He has a plan for me."


For Biancardi's full take, CLICK HERE.

Well-regarded New England basketball guru Adam Finkelstein also has a piece on RecruitingNation about Selden's mental edge that separates him from the pack. You can CLICK HERE for that full article (Insider only); below is an excerpt:



This is a guy who even at a young age embraced everything that went into being a star. He’s comfortable in the limelight, has supreme confidence and wants the ball in his hands down the stretch.

He has proven that pedigree at every step along the way and has played starring roles on a multitude of championship teams, including three AAU national championships with Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC), the 2011 Nike Elite Youth Basketball League title and a 2011 New England Preparatory School Athletic Council championship with Tilton.

Selden has the rare personality that is so often tied to starring roles. Yes, he’s uniquely talented, but he’s also as charismatic off the floor as he is dynamic on the court. That’s a big reason why his teammates tend to naturally gravitate toward him and he so often emerges as the group’s primary personality and playmaker.

It’s that mental edge, as much as any physical tool, that makes Selden such a good fit at Kansas, where the fan base is as rabid as any in the country and excellence is demanded on an annual basis. Not only will Selden embrace that sort of immediate challenge, he’ll raise the level of his game because of it.