Following a splendid high school basketball career decorated with McDonald’s All-America accolades, Wayne Selden Jr. touted his skills in two colleges before forfeiting his final year of college eligibility by declaring for the 2016 NBA Draft.
Though he went undrafted in the year’s draft, Wayne didn’t get discouraged and has gone on to play for many teams in the big league including the Iowa Energy, New Orleans Pelicans, and Memphis Grizzlies. Read on for more details about the NBA star’s journey so far.
Who Is Wayne Selden Jr?
The American Basketball player was born on September 30, 1994, in Boston Massachusetts. His father’s name is Wayne Selden Sr. while his mother is Lavette Pitts. He has two siblings, a brother named Anthony Selden and Taylor Guarino-Selden, his sister.
For his education and high school career, the basketball player first went to John D. O’Bryant where he spent his freshman season but later moved to Tilton School. In high school, he averaged 24.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, in addition to four assists during his senior year. The feat secured him the McDonald’s All-America honor and East team’s second-leading scorer title in the McDonald’s All-American game. Upon his graduation, he was ranked as a five-star player and made the cut at No. 14 on the ESPN 100.
His college career wasn’t all bad as well, he spent three years with the Kansas Jayhawks, earning second-team All-Big 12 honors as a junior. Additionally, Selden was named to the 35-man midseason watch list for the Naismith Trophy. In his junior season, he played in 38 games, starting in 37 of them for the team. Subsequently, he averaged 13.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in 29.9 minutes, shooting 47.4 percent from the field, 39.2 percent from three-point range, and 61.2 percent from the free throw line.
His college career was interrupted on March 29, 2016, when Wayne Selden Jr. joined the league of players who forfeited their collegiate career. However, after forgoing his final year of college eligibility, the lad went undrafted.
His NBA Career
Following his failure to make the selection at the 2016 NBA draft, Wayne Selden Jr. signed with the Memphis Grizzlies. This was on August 8, 2016. The team waived him on October 22, 2016, but not before he appeared in five preseason games. A few days later, he joined the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League – an affiliate of the Grizzlies. In 35 games after he joined the side, Wayne averaged 18.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in 30.6 minutes.
Selden finally made his major NBA debut in March 2017 after signing a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. In a 100–77 win over the Portland Trail Blazers with the team, he recorded two points, three rebounds, and one assist in 15 minutes. Just before the expiration of his ten-day contract, Selden scored 11 points in a 128–112 win over the Houston Rockets.
After the pact with the Pelicans expired, Selden struck a multi-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies on March 18 and on April 7, 2017, he recorded a career-high 13 points during a 101–88 win over the New York Knicks. His playoff debut which came later on the 15th boasts five points, three rebounds, one assist, and one steal. He started in Game 1 of the Grizzlies’ first-round match-up with the San Antonio Spurs.
A new multi-year deal was signed by Selden with the Grizzlies on July 1, 2017. Towards the end of the year, he was assigned to the Memphis Hustle of the NBA G League but was recalled by the Grizzlies after one night of playing with the side. Nonetheless, he sustained an injury that kept him off the court throughout the first half of the 2017–18 season. He swung back into action on January 20, 2018, recording a career-high 31 points in a 111–104 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
In addition to his high school, college, and NBA stints, Wayne Selden Jr. also played for his country, the United States of America, in the 2015 World University Games. With the team, he averaged 19.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, leading them to an 8–0 record and an 84–77 victory over Germany at the international multi-sport event.
Height, Weight, And Body Measurements
From a physical point of view, Wayne Selden Jr. has what it takes to excel in the game. His 6’5” height, 6’10” wingspan, and 104 kg weight give him an advantage on the court. He might not be the fastest player in action but he has a strong frame that compliments his height and helps him in competing physically with the opponent.