Monday, April 11, 2011

Player Profile: Wayne Selden

If you haven't heard the name of Wayne Selden yet, you will soon. This explosive combo-guard is in the running to be the top player in the 2014 class and one of the best New England Players in recent memory. With Selden just hitting the national scene with his recent performance at the Nike EYBL, it is the perfect time for the Collective to publicize some of its long held beliefs on this high school diaper dandy. It is already clear that Selden possesses all of the tools and skills to be an elite college player, but his lack of position could make it hard for him to have a long NBA career. Either way, Selden is an obvious choice for the Collective's first high school evaluation.  In this evaluation, I will not only break down Selden's game, but will also handicap his recruitment and provide some background videos and articles.

Age: 16 (Class of 2014)
Height: 6'4
Weight: 215
Team: Tilton (Prep), BABC (Grassroots)

Strengths: The first thing that pops out about Selden is his raw strength and athletic ability. Built like a young Chauncey Billups, Selden has the rare body for a 16 year old. In fact, Selden has the strength and imposing physical nature of a high level division 1 athlete already. In regards to his athleticism, Selden has impressive bounce both on the fly and flat footed. Combining his strength and hops makes Selden virtually unstoppable once he gets into the lane. Although he would not be described as a overly quick, Selden has just fast enough of a first step to get into the lane and wreck havoc. The most underrated aspect of Selden's game, however, is his advanced skill set. Reading his early evaluations, one might think of him as a raw specimen with very little skill, but this could not be further from the truth. In fact, Selden possesses a deadly three point shot, and excellent floor vision. The game comes naturally for this youngster and if he continues to develop there is nothing from stopping him from being an all-american type player the second he steps on to a college campus.

Weaknesses: Although Selden has a more than complete game, he does have two weaknesses that need to be refined. First, his shot, although extremely accurate, is more of a set shot than an elevated jumper. As he begins to compete against better athletes, Selden will have to change his motion in order to get clean looks from three. Second, Selden's middle game is not where it needs to be. He either makes defenders honest with deep threes or takes it all the way to the rack. Once he gets to college (and higher) he will need to refine his middle game in order to avoid charges and turnovers.

Handicapping his recruitment
Top 4 schools: Kentucky, Connecticut, Providence, Boston College

Ed Cooley is the Mentor any young player would love to have

Having the Friars on this list might come as a surprise to some, but Providence has maintained a watch on Selden for quite some time. Although the Friars recently let go BABC connected Chris Driscoll, newly minted coach Ed Cooley still maintains a variety of contacts within the storied AAU program. Cooley has had success getting elite New England products before (Rakim Sanders) and is the no-nonsense type of role model that many NBA players (Craig Smith, Jarred Dudley, Troy Bell) would vouch for. In addition, Providence would allow Selden to be the man from day one and is only 45 minutes from his home. Add in the fact that Providence is also in the running for Selden's heralded high school running mate Nerlens Noel and it looks like the Friars might be the dark horse in this recruiting race.

When Triple Dub is in the mix your team is never out of the hunt

When it comes to blue chip recruits it is hard to bet against Coach Cal. His recent recruiting classes have been astounding and there is no reason why Kentucky won't be at the top of college basketball when Selden makes his decision. In addition, Calipari would provide an offense that would suit Selden's agressive, drive first mentality. There are two pretty glaring downsides for Kentucky when it comes to Selden's recruiting. First, it is never a garuntee that a player will thrive in a program where they are meshed together with a McDonalds all american team. If Selden wants to assure himself of a star college career Kentucky is far from a sure thing. Just look how NBA caliber players like Erick Bledsoe, Daniel Orton, Doron Lamb have been lost in the shuffle. Second, Kentucky is far from home for Selden. Judging by the other three schools on his list, distance from home could be an important deal breaker. The fact that the Cats have already offered Selden, however, means they are in this recruiting battle for the long haul and pose a significant challenge to any other schools in the mix.

Selden could do worse than to suit up for two-guard U

Being a star wing, it could be in Selden's best interest to suit up for the Husky's and follow in the footsteps of Ray Allen, Rip Hamilton, Ben Gordon, and Rudy Gay. Connecticut has an impeccable record of producing professionals and would welcome Selden's skill set with open arms. Storrs is also not that far from Boston, and jugding from recent recruiting moves (Coombs, Oriakhi, Napier, Olander), Connecticut has made New England a priority. Both Coombs and Oriakhi came from the same prep and AAU team as Selden. The drawback to Connecticut is the long term health of the program. Who is to say that Calhoun will be around by the time 2014, and if he is, who could guarantee that Connecticut wouldn't continue to run afoul with the NCAA?

Boston College
Donahue could be a big name come 2014

In regards to Selden's recruitment, I know the least about where Boston College stands. What I do know is that the Eagles offered Selden early in the process and are located right in Selden's backyard. Watching Steve Donahue's work with Reggie Jackson makes me think that he would be more than capable of nurturing Selden's talent.


Ray Sutcliffe said...

Honestly, having seen Selden play in about 30 games now, you're a little off in your assessment of him.

Selden gets his 3 point shot off against the nations elite - TODAY. He's able to do it because defenders have a tendency to play back with their hands down to prep for the blow-by. He also has a mid-range game that is 2nd only to his BABC teammate Rene Castro.

Hi weakness is right now in his handle from a PG persepective. But at a legit 6-4 and growing he may not need to worry about that by the time he is eligible for the draft - in what will end up being four years.

I'm not calling you out, I just imagine that you haven't seen him play in person enough.

John Hendrie said...

I agree that Seldon can get his shot off on anyone in NEPSAC AA, or anyone in HS really. But you don't think he should try to work on getting a little more lift on his J? I dunno, maybe not. He is pretty unstoppable. Just a slightly odd release. I think Davey forgot to mention Seldon's #1 strength. His confidence/bravado. It's noticeable and will serve him well as he works towards making the League.

stephenpkjohnston said...

Let's not forget that Vernon Young put the Tilton program on the map.

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