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KU basketball gets commitment from New Hampshire guard

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at 11:58 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at 5:07 p.m.

— Kansas has added another top-ranked guard to its growing 2013 recruiting class. Wayne Selden, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound shooting guard from the Tilton School in New Hampshire, has orally commited to play for the Jayhawks, according to Tilton coach Marcus O’Neil.

Selden, rated as the No. 23 overall player in Rivals’ 2013 class, made a recruiting visit to Kansas this past weekend and sat behind KU’s bench on Friday night during the annual “Late Night in the Phog” festivities. Selden’s parents accompanied him on the recruiting trip. And the visit appeared to confirm his initial instincts about KU.

"It just felt like the right place for me,” Selden said. “Coach (Bill) Self has a record that speaks for itself. Kansas is an elite program with a long tradition. Through my whole recruiting process, me and my family were utterly impressed with their professionalism."

Selden chose Kansas over a list of schools that also reportedly included Florida, Ohio State, UCLA, Missouri and Syracuse.

Earlier this year, Rivals.com ranked Selden as one of the most physical players in the class of 2013. The general view, among recruiting analysts, is that Selden can play multiple guard positions.

“When I look at Selden, I kind of look at him as a designated athlete in the backcourt,” said Eric Bossi, a national recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. “He handles the ball really well. In fact, I think he’s at his best playing in the pick-and-roll and accepting ball screens.

“If you watch Kansas, you know that there may not be another program in the country that runs as much ball-screen action as Kansas does. So, he’s an incredible fit from that standpoint.”

Originally a member of the 2013 class, Selden transferred to Tilton and reclassified as a member of the 2014 class two years ago. This past summer, he reversed course and moved back into his initial class. It’s a similar move to the one made by his former prep and AAU teammate, Nerlens Noel, a top-rated center who moved up to the 2012 class and signed with Kentucky this past year.

O’Neil, Selden’s coach at Tilton, described him as a "gifted athlete with a rare combination of strength and speed."

“He is also very explosive, smart and skilled," O’Neil said. "He makes plays as a passer, shooter and driver. We’ve had some great players at Tilton and Wayne is right at the top of the list."

Kansas has four commitments for its 2013 recruiting class. Selden joins North guard Conner Frankamp (No. 28, according to Rivals), swingman Brannen Greene of Forsyth, Ga., (No. 22) and point guard Frank Mason (No. 131) of Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va.

Based on its current roster, KU will have five open scholarships next season. The Jayhawks will lose four seniors this spring plus the exit of freshman guard Milton Doyle.

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