Boston High School: Wayne Selden

Selden: 'Excited to come together' with Wiggins

May, 23, 2013
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On the afternoon of May 14, Wayne Selden found himself watching ESPN like many other college basketball fans, anxious to learn the fate of top prospect Andrew Wiggins.

Selden, the rugged, 6-foot-5-inch, 220-pound, five-star recruit from the Tilton School (N.H.), who signed with Kansas last October, was sitting with friends in one of the prep school’s dormitory common rooms, simultaneously monitoring his Twitter account.

“Somebody tweeted at me as soon as it happened,” said the Roxbury native in a phone conversation earlier this week. “When (Wiggins) decided on Kansas, I was happy.

“But I was definitely surprised. We all were when it happened.”

Phone conversations ensued.

“We’ve talked a couple times,” Selden said of his communication with Wiggins since May 14. “We’re both excited to get down there on campus and start working out together, and have classes. We’re just excited to come together for the opportunity.”

Selden also reached out to the coaching staff, which was equally thrilled by the development.

Almost immediately, however, conversation surrounding next season’s Kansas team shifted from being a borderline preseason top 20 team to a top five power expected to reach the Final Four.

“I feel like we just have to come together as a team,” Selden said. “We don’t want to put too much pressure on ourselves because everyone else (will be). I feel like if we come together as a team and work hard enough, we can live up to expectations.”

With a starting five that’s expected to include the Jayhawks' top three incoming freshmen in Selden, Wiggins, and center Joel Embiid –- along with junior point guard Naadir Tharpe and sophomore forward Perry Ellis -– Kansas now boast this year’s number two recruiting class behind Kentucky.

As for Wiggins and Selden, the two became friendly competing at various camps and showcases on the recruiting circuit the past few years. They also had the opportunity to team up twice in the past two months. In early April, they hung out – on and off the court – at the McDonald’s All-American game in Chicago. A week later, they reconnected in Brooklyn at the Jordan Brand Classic.

At both venues, Selden saw firsthand the media attention Wiggins attracted over his looming decision.

“He had a lot of people pulling him in different ways,” Selden said. “I made a couple of hints every now and again, but I never put any pressure on him to make a decision.”

In Chicago, Wiggins described Selden as "a joy to play with. He's unselfish and likes to pass, but score at the same time. He's a good player. He likes to win; he's a competitor.” But Wiggins’ comments never hinted that he viewed Selden as a potential college teammate.

For at least a year, however, with Wiggins, the 6-foot-7-inch, 205-pound small forward from Ontario, Canada, expected to leap to the NBA before his sophomore campaign, the two will team as Jayhawks.

“I’m used to playing alongside great players (like Nerlens Noel, Georges Niang and Dominique Bull) being at Tilton these past three years,” said Selden when asked what it will mean to play with Wiggins. “It always helps to have a lot of great players around you. His athleticism, ability to score the ball and ability to dribble will all help me out.

“It (also) means we’re going to have a better team and we’re going to have more weapons.”

This weekend Selden will graduate from Tilton. He’s busy spending the week engaged in a variety of senior activities, including a white water rafting trip. But by May 31, he’ll be on the Kansas campus taking classes, working on his game and adjusting to life as a college athlete.

“I was excited,” Selden said of his pre- and post- decision emotions. “But now it’s through the roof. It was already pretty high, (but) it’s shot through the roof. I am just ready to get down there, get into classes and start working.”

Biancardi breaks down East roster, Vonleh, Selden

February, 14, 2013
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This afternoon on ESPNU's McDonald's All-American Selection Show, senior analyst Paul Biancardi broke down the East roster, making note of the two Massachusetts natives on this year's squad, New Hampton's Noah Vonleh and Tilton's Wayne Selden:

Vonleh, Selden selected at McDonald's All-Americans

February, 14, 2013
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The selections for the prestigious McDonald's All-American were unveiled this afternoon on ESPNU, and for just the fourth time since 1990 two Massachusetts residents were named to the East roster.

Haverhill native Noah Vonleh of New Hampton (N.H.), an Indiana signee, was joined by Kansas-bound Roxbury native Wayne Selden of Tilton (N.H.) among the participants for the game, which will take place April 3 at the United Center in Chicago. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

Vonleh and Selden are the first Massachusetts duo in the game since 2000, when Holy Name's Neil Fingleton and Central Catholic's Scott Hazelton were both selected. Two Bay Staters were also selected in 1995 (Randell Jackson, Winchendon; Wayne Turner, Beaver Country Day) and 1991 (Travis Best, Springfield Central; Rick Brunson, Salem).

To view the complete East and West rosters, CLICK HERE.

Vonleh, Selden top updated ESPN hoops rankings

February, 13, 2013
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ESPNU has updated its national basketball player rankings today. To see them, click here for 2013, 2014, and 2015.

A number of locals either move up or hold on to their spots in the latest updated rankings, including New Hampton's Noah Vonleh and Tilton's Wayne Selden. Below is the complete list of locals:

2013
8. Noah Vonleh, Haverhill, Mass./New Hampton (N.H.)
12. Wayne Selden, Boston/Tilton (N.H.)
83. Kyle Washington, Champlin, Minn./Brewster Academy (N.H.)

2014
6. Chris McCullough, Bronx, N.Y./Brewster Academy (N.H.)
20. Goodluck Okonoboh, Boston/Wilbraham & Monson
53. Abdul-Malik Abu, Boston/Kimball Union (N.H.)
54. Kaleb Joseph, Nashua, N.H./Cushing Academy

Hoophall: Tilton (N.H.) 71, Vermont Academy 67

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass.-- Gone are Nerlens Noel, Georges Niang, Dominique Bull, and Goodluck Okonoboth, but there is still talent on this year’s Tilton team.

It showed Sunday at the Hoophall Classic when the Rams held on to beat Vermont Academy, 71-67, in a NEPSAC AA contest for its second victory in as many days.

Facing a noticeable size disadvantage, Tilton (11-3) was forced to play a game primarily on the perimeter. That made life difficult early on because while it was getting open looks, the shots just weren’t falling.

Wayne Selden, a Kansas commit, was 3-of-9 from the field in the first half for just 7 points. His teammate, Chester Victor, was able to pick up the slack for the team, finishing the half with 11 points, establishing himself as a jump shooting threat and a nice complement to the other Tilton wing players.

Tilton lead 28-27 at the half. Those shots the team was missing early on started to fall in the second, and it started to pull ahead, leading by as much as 15 in the second half.

“I thought it was a very well-played game,” Tilton coach Marcus O’Neil said. “I thought Jesse [Bopp, Vermont Academy coach] had his team very well-prepared for us. We both like to play a similar tempo, up-and-down. I think it makes for a fun game to watch, he’s got some very talented and accomplished players. I thought it was a good game, I’m glad we were able to come out and I thought with the open floor, some of the guys really showed what they can do.”

Midway through the second, Vermont (7-6) started utilizing a fullcourt press, which caught Tilton off-guard. In what started as disciplined ball movement turned into rushed offensive possessions, leading to too long outlet passes and other turnovers.

“We didn’t really adjust to it well,” Selden said. “We didn’t really see it coming. We didn’t have the right positioning. We’re really guard-heavy, so anybody can be anywhere and we were just running around.”

Selden and Victor finished with 24 and 26 points respectively, thanks in large part to their outside shooting. Initially, Vermont was in man-to-man defense, but switched to a 1-3-1 as the game went on, trying to utilize its length to cover as much of the court as possible.

Terance Mann had a strong first half for the Rams, going 4-for-7 from the field, but was 1-for-10 in the second and finished with 11 points. The 6-foot-5 sophomore still has room to grow into his long frame. His perimeter-based game complements Selden and Victor well, giving the team more than one scoring weapon from the outside. When Selden graduates this year, Mann feels he has the potential to fill the big shoes as a focal point of the Tilton offense.

“I think I have the potential to do that,” he said “When I’m rolling, I’m really good at going to the basket and finishing with both hands. I need to work on my shot and my handle, but usually when my shot’s falling, I’m shooting. When he leaves, it’s going to be tough, but I think I can take that role.”

--- With this being such a young Tilton team, Selden knew he had to take on more of a leadership role this season. Last year, playing with the likes of Nerlens Noel and Georges Niang, he could rely on them to be the voices both on and off the court while he played his game. This year, things are different for the Kansas commit.

“Every game is a battle,” he said. “I have to be a leader. We have a young group of guys that have to fight hard, so that’s all I ask for.”

As all great leaders do, they can lead just by example and with their actions as they do with words.

“I tend to be on the hyperactive side,” Victor said. “With Wayne Selden, he’s so serious on and off the court. He’s real calm before a game, but then when we get on the court he’s serious, telling people to go hard. Every day in practice, we break and we say “Go hard.” Playing alongside him, you can’t help but get better.”

--- Sunday was an important game for Chester Victor. Aside from scoring 26 points, the postgraduate senior was able to display his talents on a big stage in front of many college coaches.

He came to Tilton this year after going to school in LaPlace, Louisiana, a small town 10 minutes outside of New Orleans. The 6-foot-1 guard made the jump to Tilton to get more exposure to a higher level of basketball, which he thought the NEPSAC could do for him.

“The recruiting in Louisiana is not as good as it is up here,” he said after the game. “I went four years without getting recruited. I traveled up here with my cousin Lucas and he was supposed to end up coming here, but I think God saw fit for me to come here, so that’s how I ended up at Tilton.”

This year was as good a year as any for him to make the jump to the northeast. Tilton is notorious for having a dominant presence inside, from Alex Oriakhi (now playing at Missouri) to Nerlens Noel (now at Kentucky). This season, the Rams lack depth in the post, and now have to play a more guard-heavy lineup. It did that Sunday, occasionally forcing Wayne Selden to play the power forward position instead of his usual spot at guard and on the wing.

That strategy works because its guards are all capable of scoring off the dribble or shooting from the outside, so they compliment each other’s game well.

“Every year we’ve had things we’ve done well, and not done well,” O’Neil said. “It is a major deficiency in basketball when you don’t have a lot of size. We try to find a way on the court to compensate for that. It is nice to have those guys that can control the paint, block shots, score in the post, so when you don’t have as much of that, you find another way to play. It’s not always easy as a coach to be flexible, but you change what you do according to the personnel. If we don’t do that this year, if I’m too rigid, we’re not going to give ourselves the best chance to be successful.”

With four of last year’s starting five either graduated or transferred, Victor was unsure how that would effect the team and its play coming into the season.

“Last year, I had the privilege of watching them play online and I thought they played slow,” he said. “Once Nerlens left, and Niang, and Dominique Bull, and we found out Goodluck transferred, I wondered if Coach was going to be able to transition from playing slow to playing fast. I found out, coming in the first day, he said that was the only way he was going to play.”

Vonleh shines at National Prep Showcase

November, 19, 2012
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Many of the top postgraduate basketball programs in the country were at Albertus Magnus College this weekend for the annual National Prep Showcase. Sunday’s schedule brought some of the of the tournament’s best matchups, featuring games that included NEPSAC powers Brewster Academy (N.H.), New Hampton School (N.H.), Lee Academy (Maine), Northfield-Mt. Hermon, Tilton School (N.H.), and Wilbraham & Monson Academy.

In total, over 130 Division 1 basketball coaches attended National Prep Showcase to watch some of the top high school hoopers in the nation.

There were no players of higher profile than 6-foot-8 senior forward Noah Vonleh, who helped lead his New Hampton squad to an 82-66 victory over Lee Academy. Vonleh was a dominant presence on the glass and efficient scorer in the post, but he also had plenty of freedom to perform given the great play of his supporting cast: point guard Travis Jorgenson, and guards Anthony Pate, Lincoln Davis, and Mike LeBlanc.

Jorgenson, a senior point guard from Kansas City who decommitted from Missouri earlier this fall, may have been the most consistent player on the floor for New Hampton. He hit several long outside shots and on many occasions fed New Hampton’s slashers and bigs with beautiful feeds that ended in dunks or layups.

“Travis makes us go, he completely controls the tempo,” Huskies head coach Pete Hutchins said, “When he makes a mistake, you’re shocked. He has everyone’s confidence, especially in his ability to go out and lead our team.”

Pate and Leblanc both stepped up with pressure defense, and also came up in the clutch with two three-pointers each in the second half. Davis, a strong guard who got to the rim at will throughout the game, constantly kept the defense in check.

“We just want to focus on taking great shots, and playing a game the way that we practice,” Hutchins said. "If we do that...and play with a level of toughness, I always think we should feel really good about what we should be able to accomplish.”

Vonleh, the No. 8 player in ESPN’s 2013 rankings, recently ended his highly-contested recruitment by committing to Indiana on Nov. 10.

“I don’t know how much it impacts his performance on the court. I think in every other aspect of his life, like for him and his mom, I’m sure [committing] makes things a lot easier,” Hutchins said.

Sharpshooters, Stand Up: Northfield Mount-Hermon senior Sam Donahue knocked down six threes on Northfield’s way to a 17-point win over La Jolla Prep (Calif.). Widely considered as one of the best shooters in New England, Donahue attracted constant attention on the perimeter from La Jolla’s defense, opening things up for scorers Skyler White and Josh Hearlihy.

Rhode Island native Lee Messier had six 3-pointers of his own in a losing effort for Tilton in their closely contested matchup Kiski. The Rams were down by as much as 22 points midway through the second half, but thanks in part to Messier’s four second-half threes, Tilton was able to make the game much more competitive.

Clean Sweep For Kiski: Brewster and Tilton have been NEPSAC royalty the past few years, but apparently nobody mentioned that to the squad at Kiski School (Pa.). Kiski knocked off Brewster 79-77 on Saturday night, behind 29 points from senior Rashad Richardson.

Kiski came with the same type of effort defensively on Sunday afternoon, beating Tilton 94-86 despite a furious second half run by the Rams, who were led by Kansas signee Wayne Selden (33 points) and Messier.

WMA young, but talented: Wilbraham & Monson’s 6-foot-4 freshman Mustapha Heron has already established himself as one of New England’s most promising hoops talents, as has 6-foot-7 sophomore guard Luis Montero. Heron was WMA’s leading scorer in its showdown with New Jersey’s Blair Academy on Sunday afternoon, scoring inside and out, showing a presence on the defensive glass, and nailing two shots from behind the arc.

Montero, considered one of the top college prospects in New England, moves exceptionally well for a 6-foot-7 player with such length. Originally from the Dominican Republic, he will be one of their best players this season as he becomes better acquainted with the players and style of play at Wilbraham.

Brewster Reloads: Syracuse-pledge Chris McCullough is the highest profile player in the lineup for the talented Bobcats, but he isn’t the only highly-touted division 1 prospect that will be featured. Brewster has great size up front with McCullough, NC State commit Kyle Washington, and West Virginia commit Elijah Macon, as well as guards Ron Patterson (Syracuse), Jared Terrell, and Kevin Zabo.

Tilton's Wayne Selden signs with Kansas

November, 17, 2012
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ROXBURY, Mass. -– At Roxbury’s Shelburne Community Center on Friday night, Tilton’s star senior guard Wayne Selden signed his letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Kansas.

Selden -- who started as an eighth-grader at O’Bryant High, before transferring to the Tilton, N.H. prep school following his freshman year -- chose the Jayhawks over Florida, Missouri, Ohio State, Syracuse, and UCLA. He is ranked the No. 16 overall player in the Class of 2013 by ESPN.

Dozens of Selden’s friends and family members gathered at Shelburne on Friday night to celebrate his commitment and signing. Before his official signing, his closest family members gave brief comments on Selden’s success and thanks to those had supported his endeavors, on and off the basketball court.

His mother, Lavette Pitts, emphasized that “it takes a village to raise a child,” a sentiment that Wayne echoed following the signing of his letter of intent.

“It feels good to have everybody [in Roxbury] behind me and supporting me with every decision I make,” Selden said, “So I just feel like I need to put all the tools God gave me into the right things and just be the best player and person I can be.”

Selden, whose Tilton squad will kick off their season in a matchup at National Prep Showcase on Sunday against Kiski Prep (Pa.), said he was also appreciative of the respects that he received from many of his former high-profile teammates.

“I’ve heard from a lot of guys; Georges [Niang] texted me this morning. He’s at Iowa State, so I’m going to be playing against him next year, that’s going to be weird,” Selden said with a laugh. “I heard from a lot of guys, and that’s just us keeping it in the family.”

In addition to Selden, Kansas has four other signees in the 2013 class, ESPN100 guards Conner Frankamp and Brannen Green, as well as center Joel Embiid and postgrad point guard Frank Mason.

Tilton's Wayne Selden commits to Kansas

October, 15, 2012
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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.


Wayne Selden trims list of schools to six

August, 21, 2012
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Tilton (N.H.) senior swingman and Roxbury resident Wayne Selden, ESPNU's No. 13 overall Class of 2013 prospect, has reportedly trimmed his list of schools to six.

Florida, Ohio State, UCLA, Kansas, Missouri and Syracuse made the cut for Selden, who moved back into his original 2013 class from 2014 earlier this summer. He told BuckeyeNation's Brad Bournival there is currently no favorite, and that he is unsure at this time as to when he will take official visits or make a commitment.

Selden gave Bournival a few comments on each school. For that entire article, CLICK HERE. Below is an excerpt:



Here’s what he had to say about each school:

Florida: “I like them because they have great guard play. They have a great up-tempo offense and Billy Donovan is a great coach that has won championships.”

Ohio State: “I like Ohio State because they run an NBA offense and are great at player development. Thad Matta is a heck of a coach. Winning schools that are always competing for national championships always stand out.”

UCLA: “[Coach] Ben Howland does a great job of developing his guards. They’re a big program on the rise.”

Kansas: “I like Bill Self. He’s a great coach with a winning tradition and they have a great offensive tempo.”

Missouri: “They have a really fast style of play offensively and defensively. There are a few of my guys that go there [Alex Oriakhi and Dominique Bull went to Tilton] as well.”

Syracuse: “They always have great guard play. It’s a great place to be if you’re a guard.”


Selden, Iverson selected to Elite 24

July, 31, 2012
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The first 12 players selected to participate in the seventh annual Under Armour Elite 24 event have been announced, and once again there is New England local flavor to it.

Hartford native Kuran Iverson and Tilton (N.H.) swingman Wayne Selden, a Boston native, were among the 12 announced today, in a loaded field that includes Prestonwood Christian (Texas) forward Julius Randle and Huntington Prep (W. Va.) wing Andrew Wiggins.

The Elite 24 will be held at the famed outdoor Venice Beach Courts in Los Angeles on August 24 and 25. The game airs live on ESPNU at 7 p.m. on Aug. 25, while the slam dunk contest will air Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.

For the full release, CLICK HERE. Below is the roster of the first 12 announced:

(NOTE: It was reported earlier this month Iverson is transferring from Northwest Catholic (Conn.) to Fishburne Military School (Va.) for next season)



Nate Britt II, 2013 PG, Gonzaga College (D.C.)
Aquille Carr, 2013 PG, Patterson (Md.)
Isaac Hamilton, 2013 SG, Saint John Bosco (Calif.)
Aaron Harrison, 2013 SG, Travis (Texas)
Andrew Harrison, 2013 PG, Travis (Texas)
Kuran Iverson, 2013 SF, Fishburne Military (Va.)
Rondae Jefferson, 2013 SF, Chester (Pa.)
Jermaine Lawrence, 2013 PF, Pope John XXIII (N.Y.)
Marcus Lee, 2013 PF, Deer Valley (Calif.)
Julius Randle, 2013 PF, Prestonwood Christian (Texas)
Wayne Selden, 2013 SG, Tilton (N.H.)
Andrew Wiggins, 2014 SF, Huntington Prep (W. Va.)


Video: Wayne Selden talks reclassifying to 2013

June, 18, 2012
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In the video below, Tilton (N.H.) swingman Wayne Selden talks with ESPN's Dave Telep about returning to the Class of 2013.

Selden, a Boston native, made the decision earlier this month to re-classify. He repeated his freshman season at Tilton after transferring from Roxbury's O'Bryant High, making this upcoming school year his fourth year of high school.

Tilton's Wayne Selden reclassifying to 2013

June, 8, 2012
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ESPN's Paul Biancardi is reporting that Tilton (N.H.) shooting guard Wayne Selden will be re-classifying back to the Class of 2013 for this upcoming school year.

Selden, a Roxbury native, repeated his freshman year at the Tilton, N.H. campus after transferring from O'Bryant High. He is currently ranked the No. 12 overall player in the Class of 2014 by ESPNU, and will likely be in the Top 30 when he formally returns to the Class of 2013.

"I believe I am physically and academically ready to go back to my original class," Selden told Biancardi.

Biancardi has more on Selden's decision HERE, excerpted below:



"I was the one who wanted him to reclassify when he left the O'Bryant school in Boston," said Lavette Pitts, Selden's mother. "I wanted to make sure he could do the work academically and have the educational confidence one needs in a new setting. It was never for basketball."

As soon as a formal request is in place, the school will review it. No one anticipates any problems.

"Wayne is a strong student and has enough credits to get back into his original class," Tilton School coach Marcus O'Neil said. "He has adapted very well academically here at Tilton."

Starting June 15, college coaches are allowed to contact juniors and seniors through unlimited phone calls and text messages, so Selden's phone needs to be charged. However, now the conversations will be different as coaches try to determine when Selden will sign and do their best to earn one of his five official visits.

At this point, Selden's list of colleges consists of Florida, UCLA, Harvard, Kansas, Ohio State, Kentucky and UConn.

Last year, he suffered a severely sprained ankle that kept him sidelined for almost three months and that really made him think even more about his future.

"When I couldn't play basketball it taught me not to take anything for granted," Selden said. "I feel I am ready for my first year of college in 2013 versus another year of high school."


Vonleh, Selden in ESPNHS 'Fantasy Draft'

May, 25, 2012
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ESPNHS' David Auguste compiled a mock fantasy draft of the top basketball prospects in the 2013 and 2014 classes, and several locals were among the chosen ones.

The six teams were headed by Auguste, ESPNHS' Mike Grimala, ESPN analysts Dave Telep and Paul Biancardi, St. Benedict's (N.J.) point guard Tyler Ennis, and Gonzaga College (D.C.) point guard Nate Britt.

Among the locals selected were two Class of 2014 high-major prospects, New Hampton (N.H.) forward and Haverhill native Noah Vonleh; and Tilton (N.H.) swingman Wayne Selden, a Boston resident.

To see the complete draft, CLICK HERE, and HERE.

Britt and Grimala explain their selections of Vonleh and Selden, resepectively:



Team Britt (@NateTheeeGreat)
G — Nate Britt, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)
G — Aaron Harrison, Travis (Houston)
F — Andrew Wiggins, Huntington Prep, (Huntington, W.V.)
F — Noah Vonleh, New Hampton School (Haverhill, Mass.)
C — Kennedy Meeks, West Charlotte (Charlotte, N.C.)
Sixth Man — Allerik Freeman, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)

GM's Breakdown: We would play an uptempo game, UNC style. We got Meeks inside; he's one of the best rebounders and outlet men in the country. He'll outlet to me and Aaron, and we can get it to Andrew and Noah. Freeman is a knock down 3-point shooter. Aaron and I like to get to the basket and Andrew can get to the basket whenever he wants. SportsCenter plays? Yes. All type of dunks, especially with Andrew. On D, our starting 5 is a big lineup. Meeks is a big body and can block shots. Noah is versatile and can guard 4s and 5s and Andrew is athletic. Aaron is a big 2, and I think I'm a pretty good on-ball defender.

Grimala's Team Lottery (@MGrimalaESPN)
G — Billy Garrett, Jr., Morgan Park (Chicago)
G — Jabari Bird, Salesian (Richmond, Calif.)
F — Trey Lyles, Arsenal Tech (Indianapolis)
F — Aaron Gordon, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose)
C — Jahlil Okafor, Whitney Young (Chicago)
Sixth Man — Wayne Selden, Tilton (Tilton, N.H.)

GM's Breakdown: I've put together the biggest, baddest team in this competition. I've got the best big man in Okafor, a stud power forward in Lyles and a super-sized SF in Gordon. That trio will pulverize opponents on the boards, and my backcourt of 6-foot-5 Garrett and 6-foot-6 Bird can bang, too. Throw in swingman Selden as my James Harden off the bench, and we can play big or small. If we slow it down, we can throw it to Okafor, the best low-post scorer in the country. If we get out on the break, I have two of the country's best above-the-rim finishers in Gordon and Bird. I may not have elite shooters on the perimeter, but with Okafor, Lyles and Gordon under the basket, I almost WANT my guards to miss shots -- those misses become easy putbacks for the best frontcourt in the nation. My team of grinders wouldn't win pretty, but we'd win -- against anyone.


ESPNU updates hoops player rankings

May, 24, 2012
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ESPNU's basketball recruiting section updated its national rankings for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 classes this afternoon. For the respective classes, this is the first ESPNU 100 for 2013, Super 60 for 2014 and Terrific 25 for 2015.

Northwest Catholic (Conn.) forward Kuran Iverson is the lone New Englander represented in the Class of 2013, coming in at No. 80, but there is plenty of local flavor in the underclass rankings. Haverhill native Noah Vonleh comes in at No. 4 overall in the 2014 class; the power forward was named to ESPN Boston's inaugural MIAA All-State Team in 2011 as a sophomore at Haverhill High, before transferring to New Hampton (N.H.) and reclassifying.

Below are the locals represented on the new rankings:

ESPNU 100 (Class of 2013)
80. Kuran Iverson, 6-8 SF, Windsor, Conn./Northwest Catholic

Super 60 (Class of 2014)
4. Noah Vonleh, 6-8 PF, Haverhill, Mass./New Hampton (N.H.)
12. Wayne Selden, 6-5 SG, Boston/Tilton (N.H.)
18. Chris McCullough, 6-9 PF, Bronx, N.Y./Salisbury (Conn.)
53. Kaleb Joseph, 6-3 PG, Nashua, N.H./Cushing Academy
56. Jared Terrell, 6-4 SG, Weymouth, Mass./New Hampton (N.H.)

Terrific 25 (Class of 2015)
18. Jarred Reuter, 6-8 PF, Rochester, Mass./Tabor Academy

For the complete rankings, follow the links here: 2013, 2014, 2015.

ESPN's Paul Biancardi breaks down the new rankings over on Recruiting Nation Basketball, and highlights several of the aforementioned locals, excerpted belo:



SG Wayne Selden (Boston/The Tilton School)
When it comes to power and strength Selden is at the top of the class. His ability to overpower defenders, even ones bigger than him, with his college-ready body is what separates him from the pack. He is physically dominant on the fast break, finishing through contact.

PF Noah Vonleh (Haverhill, Mass./New Hampton)
He has a strong frame and his physical tools are becoming elite as he grows into his body. Vonleh's versatility and ability to create his own shot off the dribble make him unique. His handle is a weapon that we just don't see that often at this stage for players with his frame.


For Biancardi's full breakdown, CLICK HERE (Insider only)

Video: Wayne Selden's winning slam

May, 7, 2012
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Sherwyn Cooper of BallasTV.com has video highlights of last weekend's Mary Kline Classic, an all-star game comprised of some of the premier underclassmen in the Northeast, held at the Pennington (N.J.) School.

Among the locals featured in the three-minute highlight reel are New Hampton (N.H.) guard Jared Terrell, Hotchkiss (Conn.) forward Austin Colbert, and Kimball Union (N.H.) forward Abdul-Malik Abu. Most notable of the video, however, is Tilton (N.H.) swingman Wayne Selden's slam in the dunk contest portion of the game.

Selden was named co-champion of the dunk contest, alongside Chester (Penn.) forward Rondae Jefferson. Selden's slam starts at the 10-second mark:

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