1 - Wayne Selden


  • Birthday: 9/30/94
  • NBA Position: Shooting Guard
  • Class: Junior
  • Ht: 6-5
  • Wt: 230
  • Hometown: Boston, MA
  • High School: The Tilton School
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Mock:  50

NBA Comparison: Norman Powell

Strengths: A well rounded shooting guard with NBA size, Selden’s physicality is the first thing you notice on the court ... At 6’5’’ in shoes with a 6’10’’ wingspan and weighing in at a chiseled 229 lbs, Selden has very good measurements for an NBA shooting guard, and his athletic ability and strength are both on par for player preparing to jump to the next level ... Wayne is a solid ball handler, and has the ability to find open teammates despite not being a guy who will ever play a lot of minutes at the point (2.5 apg) ... This combined with his athletic ability make him a dangerous transition player, both from a finishing standpoint and for making sound decisions and setting up others on the break ... Selden also has a nice fundamental jump shot with a high release and arch ... His .328% from downtown he tallied as a freshman is not truly representative of the caliber of his shot: he shot .346% during the Big 12 season ... He’s capable of getting hot and hit 2 or more 3 pointers 11 times during 2013-14, including a season high 5 against Oklahoma (1-8-14) ...Wayne’s strength and body control made him an excellent finisher at the rim (69.1%), and he’s a solid mid range shooter as well ... A good sign of any young player is adjustment and improvement throughout the season, especially for a first year college player ... Selden did just that by raising nearly every statistical category during the Big 12 season, and logging all three of his 20+ point games during the second half of the season ... Selden’s defense is very good, both in understanding and in execution ... He’s great at using his strength and length, and brings a high level of intensity and often leaps into the stands, making big plays and creates extra possessions for his team ... Selden had surgery in the offseason and appears to have more "bounce" and to be moving better in his sophomore year ...

Weaknesses: From an offensive standpoint, Selden is a very well balanced shooting guard who can do a bit of everything, but also a guy who has yet to show that one “go to” skill he can do at an elite level ... Being good at everything, but great at nothing can get a guy into the league, but for Wayne to take the next step, he needs to develop that one go to offensive skill he can hang his hat on ... Playing with the #1 and #3 picks, plus established NCAA scorer (Perry Ellis) didn’t leave him a ton of shots, but Selden often took a back seat, and could at times disappear ... It will be important for Wayne to really take on a leadership role during is his sophomore year, and build on his broad offensive foundation ... He also was advertised as a slasher coming out of high school, but failed to show he could drive at an elite level against D1 defenders ... A relatively poor free throw shooter (.629 ) he must make considerable improvement especially because of his prowess at finishing at the rim, and the possible development of his driving ability.

Overall: Selden is a strong, athletic guard, and will probably be one of the better perimeter defenders at the NCAA level as as sophomore ... He’s got a broad offensive foundation, and his ability to do a little of everything is nice, but in order to raise his appeal as a draft pick, he needs to develop one or more of his offensive skills to an elite level ... Without those offensive tools, he could struggle to score at the NBA level ... Selden’s floor is pretty decent, as he projects to be a good defender right off the bat, and he still has a lot of untapped potential due to his physical prowess and understanding of the game ...

Notes: Measured 6'6 (in shoes) 223 lbs, with a 6'10 wingspan at the 2011 LeBron James Skills Academy ... Measured 6'5 (in shoes) 229 lbs, with a 6'10 wingspan at the 2012 LeBron James Skills Academy ... Reclassified from the Class of 2014 to the Class of 2013

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