Jalen Wilson to return to KU basketball


Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) drives past Iowa State forward Javan Johnson, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, in Ames, Iowa. Kansas won 64-50. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (KSNW)  Kansas forward Jalen Wilson will return to KU for his redshirt-sophomore season in 2021-22. Wilson declared for the NBA Draft in April and announced his return to KU Friday.

“I first want to thank all those who have helped and supported me through the NBA Draft process,” Wilson said. “I received great feedback from the teams and know what I need to work on to improve. With that, I will be returning to Kansas for my sophomore season and plan on being back on campus soon. I look forward to rejoining my teammates, meeting the newcomers and getting back to work.”

 “We are so happy about Jalen’s decision to return,” KU head coach Bill Self said. “He did exactly what the process allowed and received great advice on what he needs to work on moving forward. There is no doubt his experience in testing the NBA will benefit him down the line. Jalen had a terrific freshman year for us, averaging 12 points and leading us with eight rebounds per game, and we look forward to an even more productive sophomore campaign.”

As a redshirt freshman in 2020-21, Wilson averaged 11.8 points and led Kansas with 7.9 rebounds per game. The Denton, Texas, native ranked second in the Big 12 with 7.9 boards per game and is also second on the KU freshman records list, trailing only Joel Embiid’s 8.1 rebound average in 2013-14. Wilson was named to both the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team and the Big 12 All-Freshman Team in 2021. He was second in the conference with nine double-doubles and led KU in rebounds in 18 games and scoring five times.

Kansas went 21-9 in 2020-21 and placed second in the Big 12 with a 12-6 league record. The Jayhawks advanced to their NCAA-record 31st-consecutive NCAA Tournament in 2021, a streak that started in 1990. 

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