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Saturday, January 31, 2015

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Column: Wayne Selden Jr. looking more comfortable

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) pulls up for a three pointer against Kansas State guard Justin Edwards (14) during the first half on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) pulls up for a three pointer against Kansas State guard Justin Edwards (14) during the first half on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KANSAS 68, K-STATE 57

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When they caught the first glimpse of Wayne Selden’s fresh haircut, most of the customary 16,300 spectators who jammed into Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday probably figured the Kansas University sophomore shooting guard was trying to change his luck by lopping off about 80 percent of his hair.

Not the case. The motivation for tightening up his look means more to Selden than breaking a shooting slump.

“My mom’s in town and I felt like I needed to switch it up a little for her,” Selden said.

He also couldn’t have a bad game in front of her, since it was only her second trip of the season from Boston, the first coming way back in October for Late Night in the Phog.

“I couldn’t have,” he said. “I would have gotten in trouble.”

Selden contributed 14 points and a career-high four blocked shots in a 68-57 victory against Kansas State, a game that for most of the afternoon felt more like a 20-point blowout.

Selden still hasn’t found the touch on drives to the hoop, that mystery lingers, but he did look more comfortable and put his stamp on the game in a lot of areas. He made 3 of 6 three-point shots and just 2 of 7 inside the arc. On the season, Selden's shooting a respectable 36 percent from three, but just 32.7 percent on two-point shots.

He quickly deflected credit for his most exciting play of the game, one during which he sprinted down the court to block a break-way layup off the board.

“I had messed up by not being back already, so I felt I had to make up for it,” Selden said.

For the most part, Selden has done a nice job of not turning a miss from close range into two bad plays by letting it distract him, but on that second-half play, he appeared to still be thinking about the missed runner instead of turning and running back on defense. On another occasion, reminiscent of former teammate Andrew Wiggins, Selden let his man blow by him and recovered in time for a spectacular blocked shot.

Selden said he couldn’t remember another four-block game.

“Maybe in high school, when I was playing center,” he said.

Different from most Kansas teams in that it doesn’t have a pure center, this team needs everyone doing his part to camouflage the lack of a rim protector. Selden did more than his part against the fading Wildcats.

The moment the game ended, he and everyone else polled said they turned their attention to avenging the loss in Ames to Iowa State, which visits Allen Fieldhouse for a Big Monday match between the Big 12's best teams.

“They outplayed us and out-toughed us in Ames, and I feel like we didn’t play our best,” Selden said of the 86-81 loss. “...We’re really looking forward to Monday.”

He's not alone. For two Big 12 towns, Super Bowl Sunday will be a nice way to take minds off counting down the minutes to the much bigger game that takes place the following day.


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Comments

Reggie Flenory 4 years, 12 months ago

it's about time that we started seeing Wayne Selden use his body and his physicality a little more to create space on his drives to the basket way to go now if he can be consistent every game and continue his great shooting from outside he is really going to start to be a problem for the defences

KJ Quartermaine 4 years, 11 months ago

He played more physical for the most part during his freshman season. It seems his outside J has vastly improved this season. Now, he just needs to put it all together, and he seems to be getting closer

Mike Riches 4 years, 12 months ago

Fran Fraschilla made an interesting comment during the broadcast...he said someone made the mistake of classifying Selden as a lottery pick type of player, when in reality what he can be is a really good college player and an especially good defender (paraphrasing from memory). I think that's spot on with Selden. If you think of him as a lottery pick, his season so far has been disappointing. But if you think of him as a four year roll player, I think he's doing a pretty good job. I know this, I'd love to see him back in a KU uniform at least one more year!

Michael Leiker 4 years, 12 months ago

Wayne is the kind of guy that finds his way to playing for someone like Greg Popovich

Robert Brock 4 years, 12 months ago

I think of him as more of a ROLE player than a ROLL player.

Mike Riches 4 years, 11 months ago

I guess I shouldn't post when I'm tired...and hungry.

Arthur Ankeney 4 years, 11 months ago

I completely disagree. The only thing that Fraschilla had right about that comment was that he shouldn't be classified as an NBA lottery pick as a Freshman. He has more than enough talent, work ethic, and athleticism to be an NBA prospect. Fraschilla said he could be a 4 year role player in college then maybe play overseas. Yes, it is taking some time to get everything together and his sophomore year, for most of us, has been a disappointment, but that's because we all look at his shooting numbers. What about his defensive awareness and effort? What about his leadership? What about his court vision and passing? This is a guy who can develop into a Kawaii Leonard type player, somebody you do not expect to be a focal point, but with the right coaching and continue effort he will have a successful career.

KJ Quartermaine 4 years, 11 months ago

He's been thought of as a lottery-pick for a long time now. This is nothing new. I think Rivals does like a top 10 or 15 initial list of HS freshmen each year, and he was in their top 5 at that time. My prediction is that he declares after his junior year. I think he will improve enough, combined with displaying the "potential" NBA scouts crave over everything

Steve Zimmerman 4 years, 12 months ago

That follow-up his own miss was incredibly beautiful. Not just those 4 blocks.

Cameron Schienebeck 4 years, 12 months ago

He's a guy that should quietly get 10-15 points a game with the occasional 20 point game. His ability is there it just feels like at times he doesn't know how to use it. He has the best step back jumper on the team. If he could you that with the combo of a pump fake drive he could easily be that leading scorer on the team.

Jerry Walker 4 years, 12 months ago

If he could finish at the rim...he'd be a souped up version of Travis Releford's senior season...one of my favorite Jayhawks in recent history.

After recovering from my shock of actually agreeing with something Fraschilla said and lowering my expectations of Selden...he's having a heckuva season as a college soph.

Michael Leiker 4 years, 12 months ago

When Wayne is straight up and down on his jumper it's going in. He has hit shots at pivotal moments many times to calm things down. He always makes the right pass, has had so many hockey assists this year (I thin that's what it's called when you make the pass that leads to the assist). Last ISU game was a rough one for him, but in all I rate his season very highly. Wayne has one of the higher if not the highest basketball IQs on the team, just understands spacing and flow and where the ball needs to go, what is a good shot and a bad shot, etc.

Gerry Butler 4 years, 11 months ago

I think there is a lot of people try looking at Wayne strictly for his scoring and then when he fails to do so there is a tendency to think is having a poor season or that he just isn't the player they thought we were getting. but the bottom line is with Wayne we get so much more, his defense is solid, rebounds, some pretty nice passing abilities and its not like we have to have huge scoring games for us to succeed. is he capable? or course, but we have plenty that can do that and I do feel like he is going no where next yr he is a solid college player may have a shot at the NBA roster on the right team. I for one am very proud to have him on our team. GO HAWKS

Chad Smith 4 years, 11 months ago

Selden has a good jump shot. He plays good defense. He has good basketball IQ. He passes the ball well and understands court spacing and angles. If we are talking purely from an NBA perspective, his biggest weakness is not getting to the rack and finishing. He has the potential to, but his FG % near the rim is shockingly low and if he wants to play in the NBA that has to change. He needs more explosion and finishing at the rim. Otherwise, he has tons of good intangibles NBA scouts would like.

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