Maryland Basketball: How Wayne Selden to Kansas Benefits Maryland

Ryan SatskyContributor IIIOctober 15, 2012


According to, 5-star guard-forward Wayne Selden has committed to play for Bill Self at Kansas.

Selden, who recently reclassified from the 2014 recruiting class into the 2013 class, chose the Jayhawks over several top-notch programs, including UCLA, Florida, Ohio State, Missouri and Syracuse. While the University of Maryland was never really involved with the recruitment of Selden, the Terrapins may actually benefit from Selden's pledge to Rock Chalk Nation.

The Harrison twins and Rysheed Jordan, arguably Maryland's top three targets, have all moved on from Maryland. Andrew and Aaron Harrison committed to Kentucky earlier this month, while Rysheed Jordan cut the Terps from his short list.

That leaves Suitland High School point guard Roddy Peters, a Maryland-area native, as Maryland's top target for their 2013 recruiting class.

During the time that Maryland shifted its focus towards reeling in the Harrison twins last month, Kansas began to emerge as a serious contender in the Roddy Peters sweepstakes. Peters received a scholarship offer from Kansas coach Bill Self on September 20th.

At the time that Peters' received that offer from Kansas, the Jayhawks had two players locked in for their 2013 class—Conner Frankamp and Brannen Greene. Frankamp is a pass-first point guard, while Greene is an explosive 2-guard. Since Peters received that offer, Kansas has now added two more pieces to their 2013 class.

Continuing the trend, both players play a backcourt position.

3-star Frank Mason plays point guard, while Selden rotates between shooting guard and small forward.

Not only does Kansas already have a relatively crowded 2013 recruiting class, but all four commitments play some form of guard.

This doesn't mean that Kansas has necessarily concluded their 2013 class, but it would be logical that Kansas would turn their focus towards an interior presence rather than continuing their overload in the backcourt.

Basically, Kansas doesn't have a major need for Roddy Peters anymore following Wayne Selden's declaration that he is taking his talents to Lawrence, Kansas. While Selden doesn't fulfill the exact same role as Peters, he is still widely considered a guard.

And that makes four—count 'em, four—guards coming into Kansas next fall.

Using this theory, Kansas would no longer be a factor in the recruitment of Roddy Peters. Kansas' departure from the race bodes enormously well for Maryland's chances at landing Peters and ultimately compiling a somewhat decent 2013 recruiting class.

Kansas wasn't the only competition Maryland had to nab Peters. UCLA, Georgetown, Rutgers and Xavier all remain potential destinations, but Kansas was the one school who went from having zero interest to a very high level of interest from Peters.

That caused concern for Maryland fans.

Wayne Selden committed to Kansas within one week of attending Kansas' Midnight Madness. Maryland fans can only hope that Peters, who attended Maryland's Midnight Madness, follows in Selden's footsteps.

But one thing is certain—Selden's commitment to Kansas should absolutely increase Maryland's chances at hauling in in-state guard Roddy Peters.