KU’s Wayne Selden says he’ll return for sophomore year


03/25/2014 2:54 PM

05/16/2014 12:40 PM

Wayne Selden didn’t take long to make up his mind.

Just two days after Kansas lost to Stanford in the NCAA Tournament, Selden announced Tuesday on Twitter that he’ll be returning to KU for his sophomore season.

Selden, a 6-foot-5 guard, averaged 9.7 points while shooting 43 percent from the floor during his freshman season. Starting all 35 games at the guard position, Selden added 2.5 assists per game while shooting 33 percent from three-point range.

“Want to let Jayhawk Nation know,” Selden wrote on Twitter, “I will be returning for my sophomore season! Cant wait to get to work & get back in the fieldhouse”

KU coach Bill Self, who had expected Selden to be back, confirmed his decision in a text message to The Star.

Selden, a native of Roxbury, Mass., was selected a McDonald’s All-American during his senior year of high school at the Tilton School in New Hampshire. After a strong performance last summer at the Adidas Nations camp, Selden’s name began to appear on some NBA mock drafts in advance of the college season. But his stock appeared to slide during an up-and-down freshman campaign.

Selden’s return answers one question as the Jayhawks move on from the tournament loss. Freshman guard Andrew Wiggins is expected to declare for the NBA Draft, while freshman center Joel Embiid has said he will consult with his coaches, family and mentor, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute of the Minnesota Timberwolves, before making his decision.

Both Wiggins and Embiid are projected to be top five picks in the draft in June.

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