Prep Basketball Rankings: No.15 Wayne Selden

By Robert White

Wayne Selden is a contentious pick at No.15, he’s ranked outside the top 20 on some national boards, but his physically imposing game and awe-inspiring athleticism not only puts people in seats, but also makes him look like a top 10 player from the class of 2013.

Selden’s athleticism is simply amazing and combined with his ability to play three positions, flashy passing, dangerous penetration and an excellent jump shot, Selden is close to a can’t miss propsect.

Out of Tilton, NH, the same school that produced University of Kentucky and future NBA lottery pick Nerlens Noel, Selden is cut from the same mould as a young Dwyane Wade or Denver Nugget Andre Iguodala– an athletic freak capable of doing multiple things on the court, but with a much better jump shot at this stage in his development.

But, when Selden is throwing down massive dunks on the heads of defenders, or launching bullet no-look passes through heavy traffic, it’s hard to figure out how this guy is barely a top-20 player on some boards. What’s holding him back? There aren’t too many weaknesses in Selden’s game, he’s overall quite sound, but he can be at times too over reliant on his athleticism, which is heads and shoulders above his competition at this point, and his left hand needs a bit of work.

Selden drew interest from Florida, Missouri, Ohio State, Syracuse and UCLA before eventually signing with Bill Self and Kansas. The Jayhawks will be very deep on the perimeter next season so it will be up to Selden to assert himself, gain playing time and ensure the NBA eventually comes calling.

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