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Friday, February 28, 2014

Self: Selden shouldn’t be overlooked

Kansas guard Wayne Selden raises up the fieldhouse during a Jayhawk run against Texas on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden raises up the fieldhouse during a Jayhawk run against Texas on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas University freshmen Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, who are projected to be selected 1-2 in the 2014 NBA Draft by various websites, figure to be unanimous selections for the Big 12 All-Rookie team, which will be announced prior to the Big 12 tournament.

Almost certain to be included on the squad, which last season featured six players because of ties, is another Jayhawk — the somewhat unheralded Wayne Selden, who averages 10.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 29.1 minutes per contest.

“Jo and Andrew deserve the majority of the attention. I get that,” KU coach Bill Self said Thursday at his weekly news conference. “But it shouldn’t be lost, if we didn’t have those two, then obviously Wayne Selden would be used in a way where he could be strongly considered for Freshman of the Year in our league. There’s been a lot of years that there’s been a Freshman of the Year in our league that from a talent standpoint probably wasn’t superior to what we feel Wayne Selden is,” Self added.

A starter from his first day at KU, the 6-5 freshman from Roxbury, Mass., doesn’t feel slighted.

“In high school, I played with Nerlens Noel and Georges Niang, so I’m fine with the position I’m in,” said Selden, who at Tilton School was also used to being a complementary player.

Of course, he’s not exactly a forgotten man.

Selden, the No. 12th-ranked prospect in the recruiting Class of 2013 by Rivals.com, was one of 24 athletes to compete in the 2013 McDonald’s All-America game. He adorned a regional cover of Sports Illustrated during the 2013-14 college preseason.

“Whether he’s making shots or not (46.4 percent), he’s figuring out a way to impact the game and he’s figuring out his role and the impact he can have and certainly taking a lot of pride on the defensive end,” Self said.

Of his own role, Selden said: “Play the game with intensity. Be able to defend the ball on the perimeter. Be strong help.”

Shocker talk: Self reiterated the Jayhawks would likely not be scheduling Wichita State anytime soon.

“I don’t want to say never, but we’re pretty locked in on what we’re trying to do from a scheduling standpoint and that’s not a knock to anybody, but without getting into it, I would say that’s probably not on the immediate horizon,” Self said.

“The scheduling deals come up way too much. There may be an opportunity for us to play them very soon, sooner than what even a regular season scheduled game would be played,” he added, referring to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. “But who knows if that’s the case, and I’m certainly not going to spend any time worrying about that.”

He was asked if KU-WSU would be a huge game for TV.

“Yes, it could be a huge TV game, and it could help us recruiting in that area. Could it help as much as if we played in L.A. or New York or Philly? There’s a lot of things that go into scheduling other than what is the immediate thought among fans,” Self said. “I’m going to do what’s best for Kansas, I’m not concerned with what’s best for anybody else or doing something because it would be nice.”

Self said undefeated Wichita State is worthy of a very high seed.

“I personally think they deserve the 1-line if they’re able to go ahead and take care of business. You hear the so-called pundits say, well, their schedule this or that. Well, it’s hard to win on the road, especially when you’re everybody’s Super Bowl game, and they’ve been able to do that, so you have to respect that,” Self said.

Finalists: KU’s Wiggins is one of 15 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the USBWA’s National Player of the Year award. Additionally, he and Embiid are among six finalists for the Wayman Tisdale Award recognizing the organization’s National Freshman of the Year. For a list of finalists, click here.

Thanking staff: Self credited assistants Kurtis Townsend, Norm Roberts and Jerrance Howard as well as director of basketball Fred Quartlebaum for the squad attaining at least a tie for a 10th straight Big 12 title heading into Saturday’s 8 p.m. game at Oklahoma State.

“We’ve kind of got a really nice blend (on staff) and we have for a while,” Self said.

He credited Quartlebaum for being “the most positive guy ever. He never has a bad day.” Of first-year assistant Howard he said; “He brings something totally different from an energy standpoint, from a fun standpoint, that I think is real important because none of us are getting any younger. Norm, although Norm is young, but Kurtis and I we are on the downside of everything,” Self kidded.

Comments

Len Shaffer 4 years, 11 months ago

Why do people keep asking Self about the possibility of scheduling WSU??? Enough already! Do they think his answer is magically going to change, and after saying 75 times that he won't do it, he'll all of a sudden say, "You know what, maybe I've been wrong all these other times; maybe I really SHOULD schedule them!"?

I can't imagine how Self can continue to be as gracious as he is with the inanity of half the questions he gets. I think he's made his position on this pretty clear.

Brianna Zaleski 4 years, 11 months ago

I can't imagine how Self can continue to be as gracious as he is with the inanity of half the questions he gets. I think he's made his position on this pretty clear.

Great point! How he doesn't roll his eyes and puke after the 20th time is beyond me. Much less every week.

Suzi Marshall 4 years, 11 months ago

WSU needs to demonstrate some consistancy in their program before Kansas schedules them. Years ago, when Carr and those guys played for them, they had that consistancy. Kansas did schedule them. We blew them away so bad that the game turned into a shame and had to be dropped.

Nobody is overlooking Selden.

Vernon Riggs 4 years, 11 months ago

I don't think it has anything to do with WSU's consistency. It is about what is best for KU. You schedule Georgetown, USC, Temple because there are good players that are not in KU's primary sphere of influence. It is a way to reach into other prime recruiting areas like DC, LA or Philly. Wichita is clearly in KU's sphere of influence. Name a five- or four-star basketball player that KU recruited out of Wichita that we didn't get. I could see adding SMU or Notre Dame in Chicago to future schedules; that makes much more sense than adding WSU. Now if the Shockers would be willing to take Emporia State's, Pitt State's or Washburn spot or add a fourth to that rotation that might be something that should be considered. But WSU wants a home/away scheduling. This isn't Kansas saying NO we won't play them. I think it is more saying NO to their terms. If KU and WSU do not both get #1 Seeds, it wouldn't surprise me that the NCAA tries to fix the brackets that we meet up in the Elite 8. Someday IF MethZoo ever makes the NCAA and then gets out of the first round, I would expect to meet them in the brackets too. Social engineering by the NCAA.

Suzi Marshall 4 years, 11 months ago

All good points. Self has previously stated the desire to schedule SMU but wanted to give LB time to build up the program. LB did that in one year. I'd bet real money SMU is on our schedule for a home & home soon, perhaps beginning next year.

Marc Frey 4 years, 11 months ago

And Kansas gains more playing in fertile recruiting grounds. We already have first crack at the best players in Kansas, let alone Wichita.

Brianna Zaleski 4 years, 11 months ago

Bingo. Why is this so hard for Shockers to understand? Need evidence? We just landed the two best recruits out of Wichita the last two years w/out playing you. We don't need it. They do, we don't.

Walter Bridges 4 years, 11 months ago

The best two players (yes, I think Cauley-Stein is better than Ellis) in Kansas the last two seasons are playing for UK and Duke BUT Self did not recruit either of them.

I'm sure he had his reasons and the results speak for themselves so I agree w/both of you.

Scott Burkhart 4 years, 11 months ago

WSU needs a high profile game like KU to help with their recruiting efforts and Marshall knows it. That's why he's been such a d..k with his comments. He almost sound like the kid on the playground saying, "C'mon play us! What are you, chicken?" Fear or rankings have nothing to do with it, this season's pre-conference schedule as evidence. KU schedules games so it puts them in good recruiting territories and gives their current kids a chance to play close to home once in a while. Marshall needs to dummy up, as Archie Bunker used to say.

Brian Hosfelt 4 years, 11 months ago

maybe we could add them as one of our pre-season games at home every other year....lol

Tony Bandle 4 years, 11 months ago

OAKVILLE ODDITIES:

1] Translation of "Bill-Speak"...I will schedule Wichita State the same day as I schedule them with Missouri as part of a day/night double header at Allen

2] Wayne has been great but he has not achieved on a consistent basis the "highs" that Andrew and Jo Jo have as well as he has hit more "lows" than the other two have..translation of Oakville-Speak.....I want him back in Crimson and Blue next year!

3] Keys to victory on Saturday - A] Realize it is probably going to be 8 on 5 against us counting the refs., B] Frustrate Smart into playing unlike his name, C] Pound the ball inside with Jo Jo, Tarik, Jamari and Landon.[that's 20 fouls to give], D] stick Wiggins in Forte's jock strap.

4] In the long run, Coach Howard may be the star of the Recruitment Class of 2013. His contacts, personality and cache at the AAU level are going to be of great value coupled with the Kansas program headed by Coach Self.

5] Of the many things we should grateful for toward Andrew Wiggins, one standout item is the erasure of any doubt that an OAD cannot thrive at Kansas. Henry started it, BenMac enhanced it but Andrew has shot it through the roof. [I did not mention Jo Jo because I am hopeful he is a TAD]

6] I always sleep a little better any night that Kentucky loses!! Gee, a Calipari team having trouble at the free throw line...who'd a thunk it!!

7] By the way, Kansas is now only 9 victories behind Kentucky in the all-time team records. We are also now 12 victories up on Uncle Roy and North Carolina!!

8] My only hope for our guys for the Tisdale Award is that Dickie V's constant braying about Puke's Parker will cause a backlash with the voters.

Robert Brock 4 years, 11 months ago

Jabari Parker is a proven player. His game is proof - beyond a shadow of doubt - that he is incapable of defending anyone. Are you noticing that, NBA scouts?

Terrence Cernech 4 years, 11 months ago

Parker is a great player, no doubt! But he plays a lot of "Ole defense" to stay on the floor. Smart but hardly qualifies as a defensive ace. Wheras Wiggins ...........well watch the tape!!

Walter Bridges 4 years, 11 months ago

8] My only hope for our guys for the Tisdale Award is that Dickie V's constant braying about Puke's Parker will cause a backlash with the voters.

No kidding. As much as Vitale kisses Coach K's butt, it almost feels incestuous listening to him go on about Parker.

Terrence Cernech 4 years, 11 months ago

If a coach had to replace all five starters from last year; played the toughest non-conference schedule; played in the toughest conference in the country; won the toughest conference in the country's regular season title; played with one of the youngest rosters in the country; played one of the youngest starting lineups; had one of the highest rated BPIs and RPIs in the country, would he be considered for Coach of the Year by the College Basketball Writers association?

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Terrence Cernech 4 years, 11 months ago

Freshman of the Year:

Player GP MIN PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TOPG FG% FT% 3P% Jabari Parker 29 30.2 18.8 8.9 1.3 1.1 1.4 2.4 0.479 0.731 0.37 Aaron Gordon 28 30.6 11.9 7.7 1.5 0.6 0.9 1.5 0.489 0.431 0.323 Julius Randle 28 30.4 15.7 10.3 1.4 0.5 0.9 2.9 0.526 0.721 0.25 Tyler Ennis 28 35.2 12 3.5 5.6 2.1 0.2 1.6 0.414 0.75 0.367 Andrew Wiggins 28 32.3 16.3 5.8 1.6 1 0.9 2 0.448 0.759 0.357 Joel Embiid 27 22.9 11.1 7.9 1.4 0.8 2.6 2.4 0.624 0.674 0.2

Wayne Selden 28 29.1 10.3 2.7 2.7 0.7 0.3 2 0.464 0.622 0.36

Have fun, but in our hearts we know who is #1

Bryce Landon 4 years, 11 months ago

Disagree on the WSU issue. Kansas should schedule Wichita State. The money for a college game should be kept in-state rather than sent out of state.

Erich Hartmann 4 years, 11 months ago

No matter what angle is taken, a KU vs. WSU game simply benefits WSU more. It does little for KU, from ANY angle, money included.

Think about the advertising revenue and the advertising slot (6figures) sales during a KU-G'town game or a KU-[big TV market]. Now realize that the 2 schools get a portion of it. Also know the TV pkg for each BigXII team is $18-19mil per year. It satisfies nothing to play an in-state mkt like Wichita.

Honestly, such a game is only for WSU fans, and potential bragging rights. That's it.

I dont even think its about recruiting--> Look at other MVC teams: Bradley, Drake, UNI. Didnt they at one point beat "vaunted KU"? Yep. So tell me how their 'recruiting' is going? Going....going...gone.

And finally, if anybody knows Self, it should be his/ku fanbase. He is not afraid of anybody. He's got the roster and the coaching cred to fear nobody. And the graciousness to say "should be a great game". We all know he is a competitor, as is Gregg Marshall. But such a matchup doesnt serve KU in any category, other than "bragging rights" over a smaller state school. Y'all like puffing your chest about beatin' the schizz out of ESU, PittSt, FHSU? Why would we care about WSU, other than to shut their fans up?

All this talk about WSU, when we actually beat Duke this year? Come on, people, we are royalty program fans--> you know we should focus on the W's that get us a 1-seed... Nothing more.

Chad Smith 4 years, 11 months ago

at this point I kinda wanna schedule WSU so we can kick the crap out of them a couple times, and then they won't bother us for another 20 years about scheduling.

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