This time three years ago, Wayne Selden Jr. was apart of a special Kansas class that featured Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid.
Although Selden was a 5-star prospect and McDonald’s All-American, he was overshadowed by his counterparts. During his freshman campaign, Selden only averaged 9.7 points per game, while shooting 44% percent from the field.
Despite a disappointing year one, some scouts still thought Selden was worthy of a first round selection, but he elected to return to Lawrence.
“Want to let Jayhawk Nation know, I will be returning for my sophomore season! Can’t wait to get to work & get back in the fieldhouse,” Selden tweeted.
Heading into his sophomore year, many expected for Selden to breakout, but when heralded freshman Kelly Oubre came into the picture, Selden was once again overlooked, as his scoring average went down to 9.4.
“It’s hard for a kid,” Self said. “You look at the guys like Wiggs and Kelly and you think, ‘Well I can do some of the things they can do. I can average double figures. Why can’t I leave, too?’
Now, with Selden virtually off the NBA radar, he was forced to return to school for a third year and as you know, the longer you stay in school, the more of a red-flag you become in the eyes of the NBA.
However, Selden has finally silenced the critics, as he displayed great spikes in scoring average (13.8), field goal percentage (47%) and three-point percentage (39%).
So, with the season Selden had, the following decision was more than warranted.
— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) March 29, 2016
Nonetheless, there’s still uncertainty concerning Selden’s draft stock.
Right now, Selden is a borderline first round pick, which means if he falls to the second round, he won’t be guaranteed anything.
Having said that, retuning to KU for a senior year wouldn’t help his case unless he had a ‘Buddy Hield’ type year.