Daily Archives: January 24, 2015

Selden returns to KU, but shooting remains inconsistent

KU's Wayne Seldin, Jr.

JANUARY 2015 – Two days after Kansas’ heartbreaking loss to Stanford in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season, freshman guard Wayne Selden Jr. made a Twitter announcement that comforted Jayhawk fans.

“Want to let Jayhawk Nation know, I will be returning for my sophomore season! Can’t wait to get to work and back in the fieldhouse.”

After starting all 35 games and averaging 9.7 points last season while showing glimpses of greatness, Selden likely would have been a late first round or early second-round NBA Draft pick. But he knew he could improve with another year under KU coach Bill Self.

Selden, though, had a bigger reason to come back.

Williams seizing the opportunity at Kansas State

KSU-Williams

JANUARY 2015 – For a college basketball player—unless you have freaky skills—success often comes when you take advantage of opportunities. Such is the story of Nino Williams.

Williams, a 6-5 Kansas State senior forward, has a career of opportunities seized. Let’s start with his prep career.

Williams is from St. Louis, but prior to his sophomore year of high school, his school’s coach got fired. He decided to look for other options, and the best one appeared to be at a prep school in Kansas City. However, he quickly realized that it was too good to be true.

Williams maintains Tigers inside presence

MU-Williams

JANUARY 2015 – Johnathan Williams III, one of the few returning Missouri regulars, hopes to bring rebounding skill and tough inside play to coach Kim Anderson’s young squad.

Only Williams and forward Ryan Rosburg return as starters, as the roster includes six freshmen and three transfers. The Tigers bring back just four players back from Frank Haith’s final season in Columbia.

Williams was one of the SEC’s top freshman last year, providing fearsome defense with 57 blocked shots, ranking eighth nationally at 1.6 per game, and 11th in the league with 227 rebounds, which was the fourth-best rebounding season for freshmen in school history.  The blocks rank second for a Missouri freshman and fifth-best overall.