April 1st, 2020
Selders' play at the point boosts Lakers' season
Morgantown High grad leads state in two assist categories
Garrett College freshman Cam Selders may not be a natural point guard, but you wouldn't have known it from the way he played this season.
Selders moved from his wing position to the point five games into the 2019-20 men's basketball campaign. He proceeded to lead the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference in both total assists and assist-to-turnover ratio as the Lakers put together a 24-8 season while reaching the NJCAA Division II Region XX semifinals.
"Cam was probably our most consistent player all season in terms of what you could expect from him," said GC head coach Dennis Gibson, whose Lakers used a late, seven-game winning streak to earn their region semifinal berth. "He played hard, had no complaints no matter what position he played, and showed a great work ethic every day."
"It [moving to point guard] wasn't that big of a difference," said Selders, a Morgantown (W.Va.) High grad who averaged 9.3 points and 5.3 assists while shooting nearly 57 percent from the field this season. "I also starting running at point guard a little bit during my senior year in high school and that helped. I thought it was better to have me at the point than on the wing."
Selders said the Lakers' late-season run coincided with better team chemistry, using GC's two games against Potomac State College as an example.
"Our first game with Potomac State, we lost by 15 and everyone was all over the place," recalled Selders. "The second time against them, we played more as a team and won by 15. We really put the pieces together and started pulling out wins."
Selders, who recorded a career-high 20 points in a win over KOA Prep, said Gibson gave him the opportunity he was seeking after receiving scant attention from college basketball recruiters.
"When I finished my senior year I didn't have any offers," recalled Selders, who was one of the top West Virginia high school players as a senior. "The only option I really had was to walk on at WVU [West Virginia University] . . . and I knew I wouldn't get any playing time.
"My dad knew Coach Gibson really well and he [Gibson] talked about how going to Garrett would open up options," continued Selders. "It would allow me to showcase my talent and transfer to a four-year college."
Selders certainly took advantage of the opportunity to showcase his talent. In addition to setting the pace in assists, he was fourth in Maryland JuCo in steals (2.1), ninth in blocked shots (1.3) and 13th in rebounds (6.3) while averaging only 26 minutes played.
He also had a penchant for big plays – including two of them in the final six seconds of a Region XX quarterfinal against state champion Cecil College. After setting up Keynon Stone's go-ahead 3-pointer, Selders came up with a steal to seal the tournament upset.
Selders, a Sport Management major with a 3.2 grade-point average, said he hopes to have a basketball future once his playing days are done.
"I could see myself being an agent or helping manage a basketball team – just anything in the sports field," said Selders. "Every player still wants to be in touch with basketball. This is a way to always have basketball in my life."
Selders has a lot of playing to do before having to think about a post-basketball career. That includes the 2020-21 Lakers' season, which starts with a great core thanks to seven freshmen from this year's varsity squad and a host of returners from a 13-1 jayvee team.
"Honestly, I feel like we're going to be really good next season," said Selders. "All of the returning freshmen – the jayvee players and the freshmen on the varsity – are always in the gym. You could see they wanted it as much as you did. Everybody's in the gym, everybody's working hard and everybody's happy."