NCB On The Trail: Wayne Selden

#AskCoachB: Future for Kansas

March, 31, 2014
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Freshman center Joel Embiid has yet to officially announce his NBA draft decision, but it looks like fellow freshman phenom Andrew Wiggins will do so on Monday. The school released a statement that the 6-foot-8 freshman from Canada will make an announcement at 3 p.m. ET. When you have an announcement set up, it usually means you are going somewhere, not staying.

Looking ahead to 2015, Naadir Tharpe will be graduating next year, which makes point guard an absolute need in the 2015 class. Everyone will also be keeping tabs on returning wing Wayne Selden and incoming freshmen Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre next season.

The Jayhawks' needs in 2015 could be many depending on which players declare for the NBA draft next year. Here is an early peek at their wish list in 2015. On the perimeter there's Malik Newman, Jalen Brunson, Jalen Adams, Antonio Blakeney, Montaque Gill-Ceasar and P.J. Dozier. Dozier, who has been sidelined with a knee injury this year, will be back and has already shown the talent to be a high-major prospect.

The main targets for the frontcourt are ESPN 60 No. 1 Ivan Rabb, Diamond Stone, Stephen Zimmerman, Chase Jeter and Carlton Bragg.

This is an early, fluid list of recruits Kansas has targeted. There is a very good chance this list will change after the spring evaluation period.
The ACC, SEC, Pac-12, Big East and AAC all held their annual media days this week, with the Big 12 and Big Ten scheduled to follow suit next week. That means we’re seeing a variety of preseason coaches' polls identifying the top teams, players and freshmen in each conference.

From a recruiting perspective, one of the most interesting aspects of the preseason polls is finding the discrepancies between our final ESPN 100 rankings and coaches’ expectations just a few months later.

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AP PhotoFreshman Tyler Ennis will likely play big minutes at point guard for Syracuse.
The reality is that player rankings and preseason polls are projecting two different things, so sometimes the highest-ranked players coming out of high school aren’t the ones coaches expect to make the most immediate impact as college freshmen.

Our ESPN rankings are based on three weighted criteria: NBA potential, projected college impact and high school productivity. Preseason polls are only relevant to the second and have a narrower lens since they’re only considering the upcoming season and not the entire scope of a college career.

The other major difference between final recruit rankings and preseason college polls is the presence of variables. Opportunity and fit, both with style of play and current personnel, are exceptionally important when assessing how impactful freshmen can be in their debut season but aren’t relevant when calculating final rankings coming out of high school.

With those variances in mind, here’s a look at five college freshmen whose immediate impact should exceed their final ESPN 100 ranking in the Class of 2013.

#AskCoachB: Kansas for Alexander?

October, 10, 2013
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I believe the commitment of Kelly Oubre only enhances the chances of the Jayhawks landing Cliff Alexander.

I say this for a couple of reasons. First, they both attended "Late Night in the Phog" together last weekend. Oubre told me it was a major factor in his decision making process, as Wayne Selden said the same thing to me a year ago. It has such an effect on some recruits that they simply want to end the process as soon as they get home.

Second, Oubre and Alexander play different positions, so there is no conflict. They know each other on and off the court, so there is chemistry and comfort with each other. Oubre's job right now is to convince as many other great players to join him at Kansas as possible.

Most of the truly great players who are ultra-competitive want other high level players on the roster with them, regardless of position. They know that the more talent they play with, the greater chance there is to win and win big.

Starting 5: Point guard debate 

August, 20, 2013
Editor's note: Every week in "Starting 5," we'll roll out five stories, themes and nuggets from the basketball recruiting world to set the table with the stories that need to be told and give you a leg up on the watercooler conversations around the office.

This week we look at three point guards using different lenses, what plans KU has for Late Night in the Phog, the recruiting revivals at UConn and Minnesota plus reduced lists from bigs Paul White and Makinde London.

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Embiid, Greene sign with Kansas 

November, 15, 2012
Kansas head coach Bill Self announce two signings on Thursday.

Joining the Jayhawks will be center Joel Embiid (Cameroon/The Rock School) and ESPN 100 SG Brannen Greene (Monroe, Ga./Tift County).

"Joel's potential is untapped," Self said of Embiid. "I think he's just now starting to figure it out and get confidence. He will develop and be one of the very best tall guys in college basketball in just a year or two. The way we play, we can move him around and he made me a much better coach when he put his name on the dotted line."

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Joel Embiid commits to Jayhawks 

November, 13, 2012
Class of 2013 center Joel Embiid (Gainesville, Fla./The Rock School) announced his commitment to Kansas on Tuesday, has confirmed.

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Top 100 commitments highlight ESPNU's RecruitingNation 

October, 18, 2012
A slew of recent ESPN 100 commitments will highlight Thursday's RecruitingNation on ESPNU.

National Recruiting Director Paul Biancardi and Analyst Dave Telep will breakdown the past week's verbal commitments, which include Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Florida State), Marcus Lee (Kentucky) and Roddy Peters (Maryland). Kansas recruit Wayne Selden (Boston/The Tilton School) is also expected to appear on the show to discuss his pledge.

The recruitment of power forward Johnathan Williams III (Memphis, Tenn./Southwind) will be looked at as well. Williams is expected to announce his decision on Thursday night and is down to Missouri, Tennessee, Michigan State and Georgetown.

The program airs at 5 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

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ESPN 100 SG Wayne Selden likes OSU 

August, 20, 2012
Wayne Selden (Boston, Mass./Tilton) has cut his list down to six and will trim it to five before taking official visits.

Those schools for the five-star Selden, in no particular order: Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio State, Syracuse and UCLA. Ranked No. 13 in the ESPN 100, Selden poses matchup problems as a 6-foot-5 shooting guard.

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

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Wayne Selden returns from injury 

October, 10, 2011
ESPNU 25 swingman Wayne Selden (Boston/Tilton School) has returned to the court after being sidelined by injury for the first month of the school season.

Selden was one of the pillars for an incredible summer for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club as they captured the Nike EYBL championship at the Peach Jam, AAU sophomore division national championship, and AAU freshman division national championship.

Selden was especially busy, being the only player in the program to play for all three championship teams.

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