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October 15, 2012
Prior to Wayne Selden's visit to Lawrence for season opening "Late Night in the Phog" festivities, Kansas was in good shape.
Turns out that Bill Self and the Jayhawks were in great shape. Monday morning, the 6-foot-5 Boston native who is prepping at Tilton (N.H.) School made a verbal commitment to Kansas.
One of the most dynamic athletes in the class of 2013, Selden is a physical freak of nature with a body just as ready for an elite division one football program as it is for basketball.
Move away from his obvious physical attributes and you see that Selden is more than just an athlete. He's also a pretty skilled and cerebral player who is very dangerous.
While he likely plays on the wing in college, Selden is at his best as a playmaker. He is one of the best pick and roll players in the class of 2013 and there isn't a program in the country that runs much, if any, more ballscreen action than Kansas does.
Defensively, Selden is physical, aggressive and just the kind of player that Self loves on that end.
Ranked No. 23 in the country, Selden is the fourth Rivals150 perimeter player to commit from the class of 2013. And, he's an excellent compliment.
No. 22 in the country Brannen Greene is a tall sharp-shooter from deep. Shooting is also the forte of No. 28, Kansas bred point guard Conner Frankamp. The No. 131 player in the country, point guard Frank Mason is another who makes things happen off the dribble.
With those four locked up in the backcourt, look for the Jayhawks to now focus on big-men. Joel Embiid -- who visited over the weekend -- will be entering the rankings as at least a four-star prospect and the big men told the Jayhawk Slant that the Jayhawks led after his weekend visit. Also major targets are No. 5 Aaron Gordon -- who visited for Late Night as well -- and the nation's top player Julius Randle who is expected to visit sometime during the season.