Wayne Selden Jr. leads Kansas to Maui title with win over Vandy

Wayne Selden Jr. was the 12th-best prospect in the Class of 2013, according to 247Sports. And 10 of the 11 players ranked ahead of him have already entered the NBA Draft. So, needless to say, he’s been labeled a disappointment relative to his classmates.

That’s too bad.

But it was a good thing for Kansas in this year’s Maui Invitational.

Selden, a 6-foot-5 guard, scored 18 points in an opening-round win over Chaminade, added 15 more points in a semifinal win over UCLA, then concluded the three-day event with a 25-point performance in a 70-63 victory over Vanderbilt in the championship game of the Maui Invitational. Kansas is now 4-1 with a lone loss to Michigan State.

So, yeah, Cheick Diallo obtaining an initial eligibility waiver was the big news Friday.

But you know what’s just as big?

That Selden might be becoming the star most expected two seasons ago.

He’s averaging 17.0 points per game and shooting 58.6 percent from 3-point range. That’s strong. And so — with all due respect to Iowa State and Oklahoma — the school that’s won 11 consecutive Big 12 titles seems on its way to winning a 12th straight.

Wayne Selden Jr. is finally living up to expectations.  (USATSI)
Wayne Selden Jr. is finally living up to expectations. (USATSI)

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