KU's Wayne Selden, Jr. Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week
1/13/2014 ' Men's Basketball
IRVING, Texas - After averaging 22 points in his first two conference games, Kansas freshman Wayne Selden, Jr., has been named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Newcomer of the Week in a vote of a media panel who covers the league, the conference announced Monday.
Selden helped the Jayhawks start 2-0 in conference play as KU won at Oklahoma (90-83) and defeated Kansas State (86-60). The Roxbury, Mass., guard opened the week with a career-best 24 points, including five 3-pointers, in the win in Norman. The five 3-pointers were the most in a game by a Jayhawk this season. Selden then added 20 points and four boards versus the Wildcats, connecting on 7-of-10 shots from the field. For the week, Selden shot 59.3 percent (16-of-27) and 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from beyond the arc. He totaled six rebounds, four assists and two steals.
This is the first time Selden has been named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week and he is the fourth different Jayhawk to win a rookie award this season. Selden joins teammates Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Tarik Black who have also earned the honor in 2013-14. The KU foresome surpasses its previous high of three different Big 12 Newcomer of the Week selections established in 2005-06 (Brandon Rush, Mario Chalmers and Julian Wright). Historically, Iowa State in 2011-12 was the last school to have four different student-athletes named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week.
Earlier this season sophomore Perry Ellis was named the co-Big 12 Player of the Week on Nov. 18, the same week Wiggins was named newcomer.
Kansas (11-4, 2-0) plays at Iowa State (14-1, 2-1) tonight on ESPN Big Monday at 8 p.m. (Central).
2013-14 KANSAS BIG 12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
NOV. 18 - Perry Ellis (Co-Player); Andrew Wiggins (Newcomer)
DEC. 2 - Joel Embiid (Newcomer)
DEC. 23 - Tarik Black (Newcomer)
JAN. 13 - Wayne Selden, Jr. (Newcomer)