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November 16, 2012LAWRENCE, Kan. - Guards Wayne Selden and Frank Mason have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to play basketball at Kansas, KU head coach Bill Self announced Friday. The duo join three others in what many are considering one of the top recruiting classes in the early signing period. Guard Conner Frankamp, center Joel Embiid and forward Brannen Greene signed with Kansas earlier this week.
Selden signed his NLI Friday evening in a ceremony at the Shelburne Community Center in his hometown of Roxbury, Mass., a suburb of Boston.
"Wayne is one of the most powerful wings in high school basketball," Self said. "He's got a great frame. He's explosive. He can play the two or three and maybe even play some emergency point. He's big enough to post and defend the four if we decide to go small and he can make shots."
Described as a dynamic, explosive and powerful athlete, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Selden attends The Tilton School in Tilton, N.H. He reclassified from 2014 to 2013 earlier this year. Last year Selden averaged 16 points, five assists and three rebounds and helped lead Tilton to a 25-6 record and the NEPSAC Class AA title game. Selden has also had success on the club circuit where he plays for Boston Amateur Basketball Club. His club team won the highly-competitive Elite Youth Basketball League title in 2011.
"Norm (Roberts) deserves the credit for recruiting Wayne," Self said of KU assistant coach Norm Roberts. "Wayne has a great family and he's at a terrific school. I really believe he's the total package as a future Jayhawk."
Selden has a four-star rating and ranks No. 14 nationally by ESPN100 and No. 23 by Rivals.com. He verbally committed to playing for the Jayhawks after his visit during Late Night in the Phog in October and chose Kansas over Syracuse, Florida, UCLA and Missouri.
Mason is a 5-foot-11, 180-pound point guard from Petersburg, Va., where he plays at Massanutten Military Academy, in Woodstock, Va. Prior to Massanutten, Mason played at Petersburg High School where led the state in scoring in 2011 at 27.4 points per game and in 2012 at 27.1 points per contest. During his Petersburg career he scored 1,901 points and the Wave were a combined 78-4. Mason guided the Wave to two state tournament appearances.
"He's a jet," Self said. "Frank is a really, really quick guard. He's a true point. He can get guys easy baskets. He can break people down, very similar to the way the fans saw Sherron (Collins) break people down off the bounce."
Mason is three-star player ranked No. 134 by Rivals.com and is the No. 29 point guard in the 2013 class. Mason chose Kansas over Alabama, Maryland, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.
"Frank is one of the best kept secrets in high school basketball," Self said. "I really believe even though his high school ranking is not much; he's a guy that is as good as any guard out there."
Kansas Men's Basketball Fall 2012 Signees
Brannen Greene (F, 6-7, 200, Monroe, Ga./Tifton HS)
Joel Embiid (C, 7-0, 220, Camaroon/Gainesville, Fla./The Rock School)
Conner Frankamp (G, 6-0, 160, Wichita, Kan./Wichita North HS)
Frank Mason (G, 5-11, 180, Petersburg, Va./Massanutten Military Academy)
Wayne Selden (G, 6-5, 225, Roxbury, Mass./Tilton [N.H.] School)
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