Kansas Basketball: Wayne Selden, Kelly Oubre Will Be Best Wing Duo in Big 12
Last season at Kansas, the wing combination of freshmen Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden, Jr. made up for the most talented and explosive wing duo in the Big 12, and arguably one of the most talented in the country due to Wiggins’ unprecedented athleticism. Wiggins is now on his way to being one of the top three draft picks, but with the addition of All-American Kelly Oubre filling the opening at small forward, the Jayhawks will again have the best wing duo in the conference.
As a freshman, Selden averaged only 9.7 points per game. You can chalk that up to him being overshadowed by some of the best in college, Wiggins and Joel Embiid. But not many people would have a considerable opportunity with two guys who could go No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the draft on the same team.
Entering his sophomore year, Selden will have much more freedom along with much more responsibility. Kansas has a glaring weakness at point guard, so Selden will be needed to help facilitate the offense from the wing position at a much higher rate, which he proved he could do last season, averaging 2.5 assists per game.
But where Selden will really get his money’s worth is the offensive freedom he will have, allowing him to showcase his ability as an explosive scorer and slasher. I believe Selden could average 18 or 19 points per game next season.
Oubre, on the other hand, is very similar to Selden in his slashing ability and shooting touch, although he has much better size and is a significantly greater leaper, who lives above the rim. With the supporting cast of Selden, Cliff Alexander and Perry Ellis, most teams won’t put their focus into Oubre. This will allow him the freedom to take advantage of defense’s weaker defenders and put up points in bunches right along side Selden, but he will likely come nowhere near averaging the same as his running mate.
Kansas State and Oklahoma will also have some very skilled and talented backcourts, but with the All-American duo of Selden and Oubre running the wings at Kansas, they are simply going to be the best in the Big 12.
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