The Big 12 Conference had just one representative in Wednesday night’s McDonald’s High School All-American Game at the United Center in Chicago. The University of Kentucky had six.
But future KU guard Wayne Selden — the lone Big 12 rep — handled himself just fine, finishing with 13 points on five-of-seven shooting in 18 minutes for the East squad. Selden, a Boston native and senior at the Tilton School (N.H.), also made two of four from three-point range and had five rebounds as the East fell to the West 110-99.
"The competitor in me wouldn’t just let it happen, let us lose," Selden told Boston.com after the game. "Even if it is just an All-Star game, I still wanna try to win every game."
Selden, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound combo guard, draws high marks for his strength and driving ability. But on Wednesday, he also showcased his ability to handle the point-guard position. That ability could definitely pique the interest of KU coach Bill Self, who will likely lose his entire starting backcourt off this year's team. (Freshman Ben McLemore has yet to indicate whether he'll be entering the NBA Draft, but he projects as a top-five pick.) For now, sophomore point guard Naadir Tharpe is the only returning guard who played significant minutes this past season.
"If I just keep developing," Selden said. "I feel like I can play all three guard positions, and I’m just working on defending all three guard positions right now. I’m just trying to get to that next level."
Aaron Gordon, a one-time KU recruit who committed to Arizona earlier this week, was selected the game’s MVP after scoring 24 points. Top recruit Andrew Wiggins, a 6-7 swingman who is still considering KU, Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida State, had 19 points in 24 minutes.
For now, Selden leads a five-man KU class that includes four players ranked in the top 40 of Rivals.com national rankings. Here are the other Kansas players in the 2013 class:
Brannen Greene, 25th, 6-7 guard, Tifton, Ga.
Wayne Selden, 26th, 6-5 guard, Tilton, N.H.
Conner Frankamp, 31st, 6-0 guard, Wichita, Kan.
Joel Embiid, 37th, 7-0 center, Gainesville, Fla.,
Frank Mason, 134th, 5-11 guard, Woodstock, Va.