ESPN's Adam Finkelstein checks in today with Tilton junior guard/forward Wayne Selden, who is returning from a leg injury that's sidelined him since the end of AAU season.
Selden was pretty busy this summer, playing an integral role with the Boston Amateur Basketball Club's 15, 16 and 17-and-under squads, which included show-stopping appearances on national television in July.
But shortly after returning to Roxbury, Selden found himself in the doctor's office. Finkelstein writes (Insider only):
Shortly after his summer came to an end, Selden was diagnosed with compartment syndrome and required to undergo surgery in August.
The procedure left him with a 10-inch scar down the side of his calf muscle and forced him to sit out the first four weeks of Tilton’s preseason workouts.
There was a silver lining to his temporary setback though, as his trip to the doctor’s office officially confirmed what he had been telling people throughout the summer.
“I’m officially 6-5 now,” Selden said with a smile. “I got measured at the doctor’s office.”
Selden recently returned to the court and didn’t show much lingering rust, according to Tilton coach Marcus O’Neil.
“He’s back, playing well and looking sharp,” O’Neil said. “He’s shooting it well and looks healthy and able to make all the athletic plays.”
While Selden has already accomplished an incredible amount during a relatively short career to date, he remains focused on additional challenges.
“I’d like to go from more of a 2/3 to 2/1 by the time I get to college,” he said.
True to form though, his biggest goals are slated with respect to his team, as Selden spoke of his desire to return Tilton to the days of his predecessors, when Alex Oriakhi, Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, and Gerard Coleman led the school to a national prep championship.
“We want to win class AA [of the NEPSAC] again this year and then win the national prep championship,” he said. “Basically we just don’t want to lose at all.”
On the recruiting front, Selden lists offers from Connecticut, Kentucky, West Virginia, Providence, Boston College and Pittsburgh along with additional interest from North Carolina, Ohio State, and Georgetown among others.
“I’m going to make a list after next AAU season,” he said.
Until then his focus is strictly on piling up more championships.