Kansas junior guard Wayne Selden began the first week off practice still nursing an injury.
Selden suffered an ankle sprain several weeks ago, and while he has been seen wearing a boot, he has continued to practice with the Jayhawks according to Gary Bedore of KUSports.com
“He has an ankle sprain,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said. “The only reason he is in a boot is to immobilize it when walking around. He has been practicing, yes. He’s not 100 percent, though. He sprained it three weeks ago. We are hopeful by the end of the week he’ll be much closer to full speed. He should be fine in a week or so.”
The 6-foot-5 Selden is coming off a sophomore slump, averaging 9.4 points and shooting below 40 percent from the field during the 2014-15 season. However, he is coming off a dominating performance this summer at the World University Games in Korea, leading the Team USA in scoring at 19.3 points per game en route to the gold medal.
Kansas begins the 2015-16 against Northern Colorado on Nov. 13. The home opener is followed by a meeting with Michigan State on Nov. 17 at the Champions Classic in Chicago.
One night after wrapping up a spot in the quarterfinal round of the World University Games with a one-point win over Serbia, Kansas/United States took on Switzerland in its final group play match Wednesday night in Gwangju, South Korea. And Bill Self’s team didn’t have much trouble with the Swiss either, scoring 12 of the game’s first 15 points and going on to win by the final score of 96-57.
The leading scorer for the Americans was one of the two players on the roster who will not suit up for the Jayhawks this coming season in guard Julian DeBose, who plays his college basketball at FGCU. The rising senior led the way with 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting to go along with four rebounds.
DeBose was one of four players to score in double figures, with Wayne Selden tallying 16 points and Perry Ellis and LaGerald Vick adding 11 apiece. Vick also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Nic Moore, who was the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year at SMU last season, dished out six assists with Kansas’ Frank Mason III racking up five himself.
The Americans shot 59 percent from the field (which includes a 5-for-16 fourth quarter), and one night after struggling mightily from beyond the arc against Serbia they rebounded to shoot 10-for-17 from three. Next up for Self’s team will be Lithuania in Friday’s quarterfinal round.
Kansas downs Canada in final exhibition before 2015 World University Games (VIDEO)
Kansas defeated Canada, 87-76, on Friday night at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, serving as the team’s final exhibition game before the Jayhawks travel to South Korea for the 2015 World University Games.
Wayne Selden finished with a double-double of 22 points and 10 boards. Frank Mason added 15 points and dished 11 assists while committing just two turnovers.
Kansas, representing the USA in the global event, defeated Canada in an exhibition game earlier this week at the Sprint Center. In both games, the Jayhawks fell behind by double-digits.
“It was a lot like last game,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said following Friday night’s game. “I think we got down like eight or nine points in the last game (10) and 10 points tonight. Our starters looked great, if you were to look at our point differential from our starters compared to our subs, I bet our starters were plus 25 or 30 and our reserves didn’t play as well tonight until Hunter [Mickelson] sparked us and Carlton [Bragg, Jr.] did some things there late. I thought it was a pretty good game, Wayne [Selden, Jr.] player great. Perry [Ellis] was good. Frank [Mason III] was really good again. Nic [Moore] was good. We need those four to play and we need everyone else to be solid and we will have a chance to maybe win a few games over there.”
The 2015 World University Games begin July 3 in Gwangju, South Korea. The first game for Kansas will be against Turkey on July 4.
The roster includes SMU’s Nic Moore and Florida Gulf Coast’s Julian DeBose.