Wayne Selden Jr., an All-Big 12 performer for the Kansas Jayhawks, is making his way overseas, after three years in the NBA.
Selden, who played for the Jayhawks from 2013-16, went undrafted after leaving school as a junior. He caught on with the Iowa Energy of the G League that season, before getting a shot with the New Orleans Pelicans in March 2017.
After a ten-day contract with New Orleans expired, Selden signed with the Memphis Grizzlies, where he spent the end of 2017 through the first few weeks of 2019, before being dealt to Chicago. In 124 career NBA appearances, Selden has averaged 7.3 points, two rebounds, and 1.5 assists.
Now, his career will take hi overseas.
According to Chinese basketball reporter Zhang Duo, Selden has signed with CBA team Shandong.
Former Bulls swingman Wayne Selden has officially signed with Shandong in CBA. pic.twitter.com/lyS5EVZoqU
— Zhang Duo (@ZhangDuo15) August 21, 2019
Per The Kansas City Star, as well as Selden’s friend and manager Timmance McKinney in an email to The Spun, Selden is set to make around $3.5 million for his one year CBA contract.
That will eclipse his career NBA earnings of over $2.9 million.
It sounds like Selden will make good use of it as well. According to McKinney, the former Jayhawks star recently hosted a basketball camp for 400 young athletes at Madison Park High School in Selden’s home neighborhood of Roxbury in Boston.
McKinney said what set this camp apart was Selden’s direct interaction with the players.
“There were about 400 people in attendance to this event. Selden started off the camp with an intense individual workout in front of all the campers.
“Selden ran his camp a little differently than many other NBA/PRO players usually do. He was hopping in and out of drills in tune with the camps. He also provided free haircuts to all kids later, from three different barbers, and had an ice cream truck come and provide free ice cream to all in attendance.
“He also had a giveaway of school backpacks and supplies, along with a gym bag. Selden also provided $100 gift cards to many of the lucky campers. He finished off the camp by taking pictures and autograph basketball and shirts for the kids.”
That’s a pretty cool gesture by Wayne Selden, and one I’m sure the young athletes in the Boston area won’t soon forget.