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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

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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 Rivals.com.

“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.

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texashawk10 1 year, 5 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?

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ku1otaku 1 year, 5 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.

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William Blake 1 year, 5 months ago

Can't these guys shift to 2012 grads? We can use both guys now!

Welcome, Wayne and Frank! Can't wait to see you guys come in here and rip up some competition!

Bring it!

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Tony Bandle 1 year, 5 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.

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midwest_muser 1 year, 5 months ago

Self will get better play out of Ellis and Peters over the next 4 seasons than any of the One and Done recruits will give them for next season alone...

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REHawk 1 year, 5 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.

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jayhawkinATL 1 year, 5 months ago

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

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jayhawker_97 1 year, 5 months ago

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

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Pitthawk34 1 year, 5 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.

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dstnku34 1 year, 5 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!!!

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tathagata 1 year, 5 months ago

All we lack is the power forward position and then we are complete. It appears that Randle and Dakari Johnson are the last two available options. Ben for sure will leave.
Boy, this year's team really looks horrible. Jaybate's analysis of Self's vision rethinking is completely accurate. Still, Jayhawks are for life.

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Michael Pannacciulli 1 year, 5 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 it...plus Cuse to Jersey kids is a big deal. They are the local brand St. Johns used to be. Good luck to him.

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riverdrifter 1 year, 5 months ago

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

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Jack Wilson 1 year, 5 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?

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jayhawkinnc 1 year, 5 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.

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