Myah Selland pursues pro basketball


Joclyn Haven

South Dakota State forward Myah Selland drives on South Dakota’s Cassidy Carson in a Summit League women’s basketball game Jan. 14 at Frost Arena. Selland scored 19 points on an efficient 7-10 shooting in that game as the Jackrabbits blew out the Coyotes 118-59, the Jackrabbits’ highest margin of victory of the season.

Skyler Jackson, Co-Sports Editor

South Dakota State forward Myah Selland saw her Jackrabbit career end a couple of weeks ago when her team fell to top-seeded Virginia Tech in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Now after her successful college career, Selland is looking to pursue a career in professional basketball, whether that’s in the WNBA or overseas.

Since SDSU’s 72-60 loss to the Hokies in Blacksburg, Virginia, March 19, Selland has been looking at what her options are to play professionally. She was in Dallas last weekend for the Pro Hoops Combine, where she got to showcase her skills in front of professional scouts.

“It went well,” the 6-foot-1 Letcher native said. “It was just a great opportunity to showcase a little of what I can bring to the table to a future team in front of some WNBA scouts and some foreign teams.”

Selland now looks ahead to the WNBA Draft April 10, where she hopes to be just the third Jackrabbit to ever get drafted. Only Megan Vogel and Macy Miller, a former teammate of Selland, have gotten drafted.

Vogel played at SDSU from 2004-07 and left as the program’s second-all-time leading scorer. She got drafted 19th overall in the second round by the Washington Mystics in 2007. She was later released during training camp prior to that season. The next year, she played professional ball in Germany for one season before going into coaching. She is now an associate coach at Green Bay University.

Miller later became the second Jackrabbit ever drafted. SDSU’s all-time leading scorer was drafted by the Seattle Storm with the final pick of the draft in 2019. Despite playing in preseason exhibition games that year, Miller didn’t make the team. She then played one year professionally in Spain before returning to SDSU as a graduate assistant for one season. She is now an assistant coach at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.

The draft is three rounds with 12 picks each round. While there is uncertainty that Selland will be one of the 36 total players picked, Jacks coach Aaron Johnston seems to think Selland is a WNBA caliber player.

“She’s someone that can do so many things on the floor,” Johnston said. “She can shoot it so well, she can post, she’s such a good passer, she can play off the dribble and she can guard multiple positions. When you look at the WNBA right now, it is a highly-skilled, spread the floor, versatile league and Myah fits that very well.”

Along with her versatility on the court, she has also been an effective leader throughout her SDSU career, something that could also translate to the professional level.

“I think Myah has always been someone that’s so easy to be around,” Johnston said. “She just makes people feel comfortable. She has all those characteristics that people want to have if they’re going to follow somebody. Myah’s a really good player, but she’s wired to think about others and to help make others be the best they can be.”

Even if Selland’s name isn’t heard on Monday, she also has potential options to play overseas. Wherever she ends up, she will bring a lot of collegiate experience with her.

Selland came to SDSU with an impressive high school pedigree. She was named South Dakota Girls Basketball Player of the Year in 2017 at Sanborn Central/Woonsocket High School and finished as the school’s all-time leader in points (2,219), rebounds (964) and assists (532).

When she arrived at SDSU, she made an immediate impact. She averaged 9.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in 17 starts during her freshman season. In her second season, she started all 33 games and averaged 12.5 points and 5.4 rebounds as the Jackrabbits advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

In the 2019-20 season, Selland suffered a season-ending foot injury just nine games into the season. The following season, she tore her ACL near the end of the regular season, ending a season where she averaged a career-high 19 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists and was named Summit League Player of the Year.

Despite suffering season-ending injuries for back-to-back seasons, Selland remained determined to get back on the court each time and said that overcoming that adversity helped her grow.

“I think it’s really made me into the person I am today,” Selland said. “I think it can be kind of hard to look back on, but ultimately, I’m stronger and more equipped to handle things than I was before. I can use that to my advantage going forward or just knowing what I’m capable of and what I can do.”

The next season, Selland came back. She finished the season with 14 points, six rebounds and three assists per game and led the Jacks to the doorstep of the conference title. Last season would prove to be Selland’s final season after taking two extra years of eligibility, one due to injury and another due to COVID.

Last year, she averaged 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists. She won her second Summit League Player of the Year award and led the Jacks to an undefeated conference record and conference tournament title.

In the NCAA Tournament, Selland showcased her skills on the national stage. In the first round against USC, she scored 29 points on an efficient 10-of-18 shooting and led the Jacks to a 62-57 win. Selland then scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds in SDSU’s loss to Virginia Tech, the final game of her career.

Selland is leaving behind a big legacy at SDSU, both on and off the court. As she goes after professional basketball, she will bring her versatility and leadership with her wherever she ends up.

“I’ve always wanted to be someone that was more than just a basketball player,” Selland said. “And so combining all of that has been important to me and I think it’s a reflection of the people here and how they support you not just on the basketball court, but everything you’re doing off it too.”