Originally published November 16, 2012 at 07:03p.m., updated November 17, 2012 at 12:49a.m.

Guards Selden, Mason sign letters of intent to play basketball at KU


Wayne Selden, a powerful combo guard from Massachusetts, and Frank Mason, a conventional point guard from Virginia, on Friday signed letters of intent to play basketball at Kansas University, coach Bill Self announced Friday night.

Selden, a a 6-5, 225-pound senior from Tilton (N.H.) School, is ranked No. 26 nationally by

“Wayne is one of the most powerful wings in high school basketball,” Self said. “He’s got a great frame. He’s explosive. He can play the 2 (shooting guard) or 3 (small forward) and maybe even play some emergency point. He’s big enough to post and defend the 4 (power forward) if we decide to go small and he can make shots.”

Selden, who signed his letter at Shelburne Community Center in his hometown of Roxbury, Mass., averaged 16 points, five assists and three rebounds and helped lead Tilton to a 25-6 record and a spot in the state’s Class AA title game. Selden’s summertime Boston Amateur Basketball Club won the Elite Youth Basketball League title in 2011.

“He’s a strong kid. He has an NBA type body,” Self said. “He’s explosive. He can put it down on the deck, make threes.”

Selden reclassified from the Class of 2014 to 2013 earlier this year. He chose KU over Syracuse, Florida, UCLA and Missouri.

“Norm deserves the credit for recruiting Wayne,” Self said of KU assistant coach Norm Roberts. “Wayne has a great family and he’s at a terrific school. I really believe he’s the total package as a future Jayhawk.”

Mason, who is ranked No. 134 nationally, is a 5-11, 180-pound point guard from Petersburg, Va. He plays at Massanutten Military Academy, in Woodstock, Va. Prior to Massanutten, Mason played at Petersburg High School where led the state in scoring in 2011 at 27.4 points per game and in 2012 at 27.1 points per contest. During his Petersburg career he scored 1,901 points and the Wave were a combined 78-4.

“He’s a jet,” Self said. “Frank is a really, really quick guard. He’s a true point. He can get guys easy baskets. He can break people down, very similar to the way the fans saw Sherron (Collins) break people down off the bounce.”

Mason chose KU over Alabama, Maryland, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

“Frank is one of the best-kept secrets in high school basketball,” Self said. “I really believe even though his high school ranking is not much, he’s a guy that is as good as any guard out there.”

KU earlier this week announced the signing of Conner Frankamp, 6-0, Wichita North; Brannen Greene, 6-7, Tift County High School, Tifton, Ga.; and Joel Embiid, 7-foot, 220, from Cameroon, currently playing at The Rock School in Gainesville, Fla. The Jayhawks have no scholarships left to give, but will continue recruiting No. 1-rated Andrew Wiggins (6-7, Thornhill, Ontario), No. 2-rated Julius Randle (6-9, Plano, Texas) among others. Scholarships, of course, become available when players turn pro or leave the program.

No. 32-ranked Tyler Roberson, a 6-8 small forward from Roselle (N.J.) Catholic High School, on Friday signed-a-letter of intent to play basketball at Syracuse over KU and Villanova. No. 6 Aaron Gordon (6-8, San Jose, Calif.) this week eliminated KU from his list of schools. He has a list of Arizona, Kentucky and Washington. No. 3 Jabari Parker (6-9, Chicago) recently cut his list to Michigan State, Duke, Florida, BYU and Stanford.


hawk316 7 years, 3 months ago

Boing, indeed! This class that Self and staff have recruited have the makings of something extraordinary. When combined with the current freshman class, these guys (plus, maybe Randle?) are going to give KU fans plenty of reason to jump up and down.

And hearty congratulations to Norm Roberts on his recruitment of Wayne Seldon (I'm glad that Norm is back where he belongs in Lawrence!) I suspect that we're all in for quite a treat with this talented young player. And Frank Mason sounds like an absolute steal! .

jayhawkinnc 7 years, 3 months ago

Yes, nicely done Self! This is definitely a stellar recruiting class at all 5 positions. I love the upside on Embiid. Sounds like he's gonna be a stud.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 3 months ago

Not really all 5 spots. It is missing a 4, because Greene (6-7) and Selden are 3's even though they might need/be able to fill in at the 4. Fortunately, we have a few 4's being developed.

Still, this is a great class.

LAJayhawk 7 years, 3 months ago

Perry will still be around next season, and he's as classic a 4 as you can get. Traylor also is a classic 4. Then, of course, there's Zach Peters and Landon Lucas. We will be solid at all 5 positions.

Jack Wilson 7 years, 3 months ago

Self on Mason:

“I really believe even though his high school ranking is not much; he’s a guy that is as good as any guard out there.”

Ok, Conner Frankamp is out there.

Self about Frankamp:

“I think Conner is one of the best guards we have recruited since we’ve been here."

Does that mean that Mason is one the best guards Self has recruited since he has been at KU?

Dirk Medema 7 years, 3 months ago

Conner at least has performed really well at the international (age group) level both as a distributor and scoring when needed.

Pius Waldman 7 years, 3 months ago

Wouldn't we expect Coach to say good things about his signees. Let's just call it coach speak. Trying to read between the lines can be misleading. Mason will need to show how he will help the team so guess we'll need to wait and see what happens.

riverdrifter 7 years, 3 months ago

I like the fact that we have a player with the first name of 'Frank'...!

Michael Pannacciulli 7 years, 3 months ago

Nice looking class on paper. Hope the bring some fire, toughness, aggressiveness...guys like Darnell...Sherron...TRob...Ty...are what is missing right now. No spit or snarl here right now. Maybe Traylor will help that...most of the others are finesse guys, or the stand there looking pretty jacking up misguided shots. Releford I hope you wake up a find that hot streak again like last year when we needed it. Anyway...I digress....

This class seems done for now. There maybe that surprise transfer but this looks like a done deal. Roberson was close but saw a lot of talent in positions he would play, and felt it wasn't woth Cuse to Jersey kids is a big deal. They are the local brand St. Johns used to be. Good luck to him.

Katie Bieber 7 years, 3 months ago

I don't see Frankamp or Greene moving much, Mason should be top 100 in the next rankings (like Nadir Tharpe range), Selden has to move into the top 15 if not top 10. I've not seen passing like that since Josh Selby, who was ranked at the top. Embiid should see exponential growth this year and pop into the top 30. And I'm calling it now, we land Andrew Wiggins in a come from behind steal, because we can offer him PT after the departure of McLemore. So I think we have #1 Wiggins, #12 Selden, #25 Greene, #26 Frankamp, #29 Embiid, and #86 Mason.

Here's the thing though. We're allowed 13 scholarships. We have 5 recruits now without Wiggins, which already assumes Wesley is paid for by Langford and Ben Mac is leaving. Does someone transfer or are we splitting scholarships? We can actually "steal" a 14th scholarship by giving out 93% rides instead of full-rides, which makes each student or family responsible for only $2,500/yr!!!

Bville Hawk 7 years, 3 months ago

Last 2 sentences above: Are they taking nominations yet for stupidist post of the year?

Gary Wirsig 7 years, 3 months ago

Why limit the nomination to the last two sentences?

Katie Bieber 7 years, 3 months ago

Sorry, Dude. Your mom hacked my account again. I was wondering why she was still here when I got out of the shower. Mystery solved.

ku1otaku 7 years, 3 months ago

Yes, actually I did.

Guess you're not the only one who can be sarcastic towards someone's comment, eh?

chahawk 7 years, 3 months ago

Not a whole lot of love has been given to FM. Year 3 he's starting.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 7 years, 3 months ago

I'm never excited about guys that are ranked that low(134), but how can a guy that averages 27 ppg as a junior and senior on a stud team not be pretty damn good?

Alohahawk 7 years, 3 months ago

Including the five recruits who just signed on, it gives KU a full compliment of 13 on scholarship for the 2013 - 2014 season: McLemore, Tharpe, Traylor, Ellis, White, Peters, Lucas, Adams, Greene, Frankamp, Selden, Embiid and Mason. Wesley would lose his (and be paid for by his half brother, Keith).

If Ben Mc. were to jump early to the NBA, it would then free up another scholarship, if any other recruit were to decide on KU. I doubt Wiggins will select KU, but there's always that slight chance - about 5%. Randle would be a slightly higher chance, say about 20%. Dakari Johnson would be a third option, and would probably be about 35%. Any 1 of those 3 would have the abilities necessary to start (or at least play major minutes), even with those already signed on. I can't see Self going after anyone else, transfer or not, with what he will have to work with.

Pius Waldman 7 years, 3 months ago

"Wow" If that works why not try a 15th scholorship. C'mon man sounds fishy to me.

Pitthawk34 7 years, 3 months ago

Who will transfer next year? I know one thing I wish Bill would get White more PT. Releford has not hit a damn thing. I understand his D. I would guess a point.

Robert Rauktis 7 years, 3 months ago

Maybe performing well in college level practices & games is more important than last years pundit ranking. Unfortunately defense doesn't sell tickets; it only wins games.

texashawk10 7 years, 3 months ago

Andrew White needs to get his defense to a level where he's not a total liability before he will see any meaningful minutes for Bill Self.

jayhawker_97 7 years, 3 months ago

i wish Selden was playing this season. he'd make Nerlens look like scardy cat.

jayhawkinATL 7 years, 3 months ago

Tim Floyd still up to his shady ways. How else do you get the #16 player (Isaac Hamilton) to come to UTEP?!?!

REHawk 7 years, 3 months ago

Speaking of shady ways, NCAA sudden turnabout regarding UCLA ineligible recruit Shabazz M. certainly raises eyebrows. Lotsa heat beneath that frying pan. Makes me wonder if Josh Selby's case might not have evolved similarly. Bill Self always seemed to be dissatisfied with the official innerworkings of Josh's case.

jayhawkinATL 7 years, 3 months ago

Rumors have it that officials at the NCAA were overheard (and recorded) saying they were going to make things "stick" in the Shabazz case - i.e., guilty until proven innocent. Wonder if that caused them to immediately back off.

Tony Bandle 7 years, 3 months ago

If BenMac continues to track upward as he has shown, the odds raise exponentially that he he becomes OAD...remember, this is actually his second year of college even though he was restricted, that is real time age-wise.

Perry is at least minimum two years, more likely three and possibly even four.

If Jo Jo grows at his current rate his senior year, he COULD be a two year Jayhawk.

Selden has the potential ability and physicality to be less than four years, but we'll see.

I am not sure any other frosh either on this season's roster or the 2013 frosh signed for next season appears to be currently a less than four year player, unless one of the remaining OADs sign on.

texashawk10 7 years, 3 months ago

Ben is a one or two year player at most (right now it's looking like 1), Perry is a 3 year minimum player because that's when he'll graduate and if he's ready for the NBA, he'll go and if not, he'll be a 4 year guy. Embiid sounds like he'll be a 2-3 year player (2 if he goes early, 3 if he waits until he's physically ready). Selden does come across as someone who could be a 2 and done. Brannen Greene is also someone I could see leaving after 3 years depending on what McLemore does.

ku1otaku 7 years, 3 months ago

On a completely different side note, anyone else think we whiffed on the whole Trevor Releford recruitment? If memory serves me correct, we were going hard after Selby maybe--which we ended up getting. Would love to have little TRel on the this team but hindsight is 20/20.

Ethan Berger 7 years, 3 months ago

Looking in the past sucks. We can say what if we got the guy but we have to remember the context. Did we have commits before, did we have someone at the same spot. Who was a bigger star. Josh was the right choice but he made the wrong choice and went pro.

texashawk10 7 years, 3 months ago

Anybody know if Dakari Johnson would have to stay in college for 2 years? He's only player who reclassified to 2013 and is legitimately graduating early instead of moving back to his original class so does he have to wait until he's 19 to leave for the NBA which means 2 years in college or can he go to the NBA after 1 year if he chooses to?

Ethan Berger 7 years, 3 months ago

if he turns 19 at all during the calender year of the draft, he can leave.

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