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What Wayne Selden's return means for KU
03/25/2014 5:47 PM
03/25/2014 6:16 PM
The decision to return also provides some stability to a Kansas roster that had to replace all five starters this past season. Senior forward Tarik Black is gone, Wiggins is a lock to enter the NBA Draft, and Embiid has a decision to make. Even still, Self should return the bulk of the roster from his latest Big 12 title team. Here’s a first look at next year’s squad (leaving Embiid out of the equation): Returning starters • Naadir Tharpe, senior guard • Wayne Selden, sophomore guard • Perry Ellis, junior forward Other backcourt players: • Frank Mason, sophomore guard • Conner Frankamp, sophomore guard • Brannen Greene, sophomore guard • Andrew White, junior guard • Kelly Oubre, freshman guard Other frontcourt players: • Jamari Traylor, junior forward • Landen Lucas, sophomore forward • Hunter Mickelson, junior forward • Cliff Alexander, freshman forward Kansas has already signed two players in the 2014 class, 6-8 power forward Cliff Alexander and 6-7 wing Kelly Oubre, both McDonald’s All-Americans. Hunter Mickelson, a transfer from Arkansas, will be eligible after sitting out this season. And if Embiid leaves for the draft, that would open up another scholarship. The Jayhawks are still chasing Myles Turner, a 6-11 center from Euless, Texas. There is, of course, always the possibility of defections via transfer. For now, the Jayhawks are returning six scholarship perimeters players — and adding Oubre to the picture. The backcourt is crowded … and Self is unlikely to stretch his backcourt rotation beyond five players. For some, the minutes will be scarce. One player that won’t have to worry about playing time, though, is Wayne Selden. With Wiggins gone, there should be more shots available and more opportunities in the offense. If he can tighten up his ball-handling and defense, he could be poised to make a significant jump.
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