Kansas and Connecticut are from different conferences, but have much in common. Both teams have won multiple national championships. Both are considered to be among college basketball’s “blue bloods.”
But some of the individual players have connections as well. KU guard Wayne Selden and UConn’s Jalen Adams come from a background with family ties and youth sports in Roxbury, Mass.
“My grandmother is his mother’s godmother, something like that,” Selden recalled.
The younger Adams played in Wayne’s age-group in youth basketball and Pop Warner football.
The pair from Roxbury stood out in the beginning of March. Selden threw down a thunderous dunk in the Big 12 Championship. As for Adams, a shot from across the floor helped the Huskies get to quadruple overtime, eventually beating Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference tournament.
“I’m just proud of how he’s been playing,” Selden said about Adams’ shot, which gained attention on social media. “Everybody was tweeting at both of us saying Jalen Adams, Wayne Selden putting Roxbury on the map.”
As for KU guard Devonte Graham and UConn guard Rodney Purvis, basketball was common ground in Raleigh, N.C. Graham said the game”got us out of getting in trouble” in the community. Purvis claims basketball is king in North Carolina.
“That’s what everybody talks about, even the elderly people,” said Purvis. “If you see an elderly lady in the food market, she’ll remember you from the news paper.”
The college basketball blue bloods take the floor Saturday in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Des Moines, IA. The game is set to tip off at 6:45 p.m. on CBS.