Kansas gets Wayne Selden Jr. back for another season

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Selden will be back and Kansas will be a preseason top 10 team. (USATSI)

Wayne Selden Jr. will be back at Kansas for his junior season.

The school announced the news Friday afternoon.

“I’m using that last game and the season as my everyday motivation to get better,” Selden said statement, referencing Kansas’ 78-65 loss to Wichita State in the Round of 32. Selden did not score in that game.

Selden averaged 9.4 points last season. He put up a career-best 25 points in Kansas’ Big 12 title game loss to Iowa State. The Jayhawks earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAAs but for the second straight season failed to reach the second weekend.

“Wayne is such a great kid and competitor and feels that there are so many things to accomplish, not only as an individual, but as a team,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “He is committed to this program and I know he’ll work his tail off to put himself into in a spot to be a high draft pick, hopefully next year, and put our team into position to have another great year.”

Kansas is also expected to return senior Jamari Traylor, in addition to juniors Brannen Greene and Frank Mason, Jr. and sophomore Svi Mykhailiuk. Senior-to-be Perry Ellis could also return, but is currently exploring his options before deciding for sure.

In the past week Kansas lost freshmen Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre Jr. to early entry for the NBA Draft.

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