“Wayne’s a really nice guy,” said O’Neil. “The last two years we’ve done some community service at the Spaulding Youth Center [in Northfield, N.H.]. We all go up there and run recreational activities in the fall and the spring. Wayne really embraces that.
“As a person I think that’s kind of a little less known. But that stuff is sincere for him. And he does a nice job with it. Kids that are less fortunate light up [around him].”
Though Selden is poised to join follow fellow BABC standouts Nerlens Noel (Kentucky), Georges Niang (Iowa State), and Dominique Bull (Missouri) onto the college basketball scene, he won’t bypass an opportunity to try something that he might never again have a chance to do. Last year, he had a small role in a school play, something he downplayed as “nothing major. I just dug a hole and had a couple of lines.”
At a Tilton girls’ varsity basketball game against rival New Hampton, Selden — wearing a Kansas sweat shirt and red-and-blue plaid pants — passionately led the crowd in cheers.
“He’s a complete clown,” said Joseph. “You see him and what he’s wearing — he’s all for the team. He’s just that guy. He doesn’t worry about his basketball [image] off the court.”
The ever-appreciative Selden realizes just how lucky he has been.
“In seventh and eighth grade at O’Bryant, [I thought] I was going to be at O’Bryant and then who knows,” he said. “It’s just really a blessing. I just thank God to be able to come here and now I am headed off to Kansas. It’s just great.”
VIDEO: Wayne Selden discusses his decision to accept a basketball scholarship to Kansas. Go to boston.com/schools.