Several of the nation’s top coaches have zeroed in on Wayne Selden (Boston/Tilton) as a recruiting target, with Kansas, Florida, UCLA, Ohio State, Syracuse and Missouri all in the hunt for the ESPN 100 small forward's services.
Earlier this week, Kansas’ Bill Self and Florida’s Billy Donovan became the first two coaches to conduct in-home visits with Selden.
Self and assistant coach Norm Roberts were in town on Tuesday, visiting first with Selden’s mother in Boston and then continuing up to see the star swingman on Tilton’s New Hampshire campus.
Donovan arrived a day later and followed a similar plan alongside assistant Matt McCall.
“They both went well,” Selden said on Thursday.
The in-home visits are expected to be a critical part of Selden’s decision-making process since he said he was only expecting to take three or four official visits.
Another major development on Thursday: The star swingman might no longer sign during November’s early signing period.
“I was going to [sign early], but now I’m not sure it’s going to work out time-wise,” he said. “My mom is going to go on the visits with me and she has to find time in her schedule.”
Selden, who has earned a reputation for being one of the most dangerous perimeter scorers in the Class of 2013, said he’s looking for both an opportunity to make an immediate impact as well as a chance play with other high level players.
“I play my best when I’m with other great players,” he said, “and I’m trying to be an overall better player [aside from just scoring]. That was a big thing for me this summer.”
Selden will have every opportunity to prove his versatility this year at Tilton as his senior season will bring the unique challenge of leading an otherwise young team after having spent previous seasons playing with the likes of Nerlens Noel, Georges Niang and Goodluck Okonoboh, among others.
“I’m going to have to be the leader, definitely set the tone,” he said, “I’m going to have to rebound, defend and score.”
After Selden, there are only two other returning players from last year’s roster, both of whom were freshmen.
“Everything is going to be new,” he said. “We just want to come out, give it our all and set the trend for future seasons.”