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Monday, August 8, 2016

Former Jayhawk Wayne Selden signs with Memphis Grizzlies

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) comes in to celebrate with guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk after Mykhailiuk ran the length of the court for a bucket during the second half, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) comes in to celebrate with guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk after Mykhailiuk ran the length of the court for a bucket during the second half, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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The Memphis Grizzlies on Monday announced the signing of free agent guard Wayne Selden, who went undrafted following his junior season at Kansas.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Selden, who played part of the 2015-16 season with a torn meniscus, missed several pre-draft workouts and was unable to play in summer league games with the Grizzlies because of a procedure to repair the tear.

Despite signing, Selden is not a lock to the make the Grizzlies’ NBA roster this season. Given Memphis' depth at the wing position — the Grizzlies already have Tony Allen, Troy Daniels and Jordan Adams at shooting guard, and Chandler Parsons, James Ennis and Vince Carter at small forward — it's possible he could spend time playing in the Developmental League.

Either way, the signing is a big step for Selden, who admitted to being disappointed after the draft but quickly refocused his mindset.

“Growing up coming where I’m from, all we wanted was an opportunity, a chance and the Memphis Grizzlies did just that by giving me a chance,” Selden Tweeted a couple of weeks after the late-June draft.

That was when he learned the Grizzlies wanted him for their summer league squad and, clearly, that reality became an even better opportunity with Monday’s news.

Comments

Dale Rogers 5 years, 3 months ago

Good luck to Wayne. I'm pulling for him!

Jason Spangler 5 years, 3 months ago

Tough. Dude just isn't good enough. Did he at least get a degree?

Pius Waldman 5 years, 3 months ago

Sometimes things happen that we didn't expect. Selden has a chance to show his skills so we'll see how it turns out. He just might surprise guys (like Spangler) and earn playing time. Bet his uncle thinks he will.

Dale Rogers 5 years, 3 months ago

He played injured much of his KU career but we didn't hear much about it because he didn't whine. If he can stay healthy I think he can surprise many.

Jay Scott 5 years, 3 months ago

I'm pretty sure that by signing him to a contact the Grizzlies believe he just might be good enough.

Seems like your degree didn't help your comprehension, or did you get one?

Steve Macy 5 years, 3 months ago

You get your shot, give it your all Wayne.

Martin Rosenblum 5 years, 3 months ago

Uncle Anthony should have been part of the contract!

Why wouldn't WSjr. make the team, last season they were basically combing playgrounds to put players on the floor with all of the injuries. If he steps it up and plays at his true potential, he's no worse than half the reserves on most NBA teams. It's all about chemistry and timing, however.

Question to everyone: If you could take WSjr or Perry Ellis, same money, same contract...who would you take?

Jay Scott 5 years, 3 months ago

Selden by a mile. There's not a single player in the NBA that Ellis can guard.

Harlan Hobbs 5 years, 3 months ago

Unfortunately, you are probably right Jay. Selden is a better NBA prospect if he is healthy. However, when it comes to character, academics, and talent, it's hard to bypass Perry. He will be a success both in and out of basketball. Would love to see him involved in KU program for a long time.

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