Hoops Prospect Wayne Selden is Criminally Underrated

By Robert White
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Watching Wayne Selden play basketball, one can’t help but wonder how this guy can fly so far under the radar as one of the true stars from the class of 2013. Selden’s push towards the top 10 of most 2013 rankings has come far too late, and the Kansas commit is still being significantly underrated by a number of respected high school-following basketball publications .

The six-foot-five shooting guard/small forward recently pushed his way up to No.12 on ESPN’s 2013 rankings after spending much of the season outside of the top 15, while Rivals still has him at No.26- far too low for a player of his caliber and skill set.

Selden’s coach at Tilton high school shares a similar belief.

“Athletically, he makes probably the most spectacular plays of anybody we’ve had,” said Tilton coach Marcus O’Neil in a recent interview with the Boston Globe. “He’s [also] played 1 through 5 this year and there have been games where he’s played every single position.”

By all accounts Selden is a humble and respectful young man. Development of what was once considered a weak jump shot has led to increased recognition of his game, however he still does not receive the attention he probably deserves.

In comparison, a player with a similar game to Selden, James Young (committed to Kentucky) possesses far less athleticism and an overall weaker skill set, yet his commonly regarded as a top 10 player from this class.

Selden may never receive the same level of attention as other elite prospects from his class, but before long, when he’s wowing fans nationally for Kansas, the respect will certainly come.


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