Jalen Wilson returning to Kansas for 2022-23

Courtesy of Kansas Athletics

LAWRENCE, Kan. –Kansas forward Jalen Wilson has withdrawn from the 2022 NBA draft and will return to Kansas for his redshirt-junior season, Wilson announced Wednesday via social media.

“We are all very happy to hear today from Jalen and his family that he will be returning to school for the 2022-23 campaign,” KU head coach Bill Self said. “He went through the process and the process did exactly what it was supposed to do. It gave him the feedback he needed to make an informed decision. We are proud of the maturity Jalen has shown in making this decision and very excited to give him a position where he can enhance his opportunities not only to play, but also to have a long career in the NBA.

“Our team improved a lot today,” added Self. “Like Jalen played last year, he is only scratching the surface of all the player he can be for our program. I look forward to the intangibles he will bring to this team as he and Dajuan (Harris) will become the veterans and leaders of our program.

A redshirt sophomore last season, it’s the second straight year Wilson has declared for the draft. Wilson retained his NCAA eligibility while testing the draft process. Under NCAA rules, student-athletes can enter the NBA draft process and return to college if they are removed by June 1.

Wilson ranked second in the Big 12 in rebounds with 7.4 per game and was named an All-Big 12 Third Team in 2021-22. The Denton, Texas native’s 11.1 points per game was 19th in the league and his seven double-doubles were third. Wilson is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 winner and had 10 or more rebounds 12 times last season, including four in the NCAA Tournament. Named Big 12 Player of the Week once in 2021-22, Wilson averaged 12.0 points and 9.7 rebounds in KU’s six NCAA Tournament games during his run to the 2022 NCAA National Championship.

As a redshirt freshman, Wilson was a member of the Big 12 All-Newcomer and Big 12 All-Freshman teams, where he averaged 11.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. He recorded nine double-doubles in 2020-21 and was second in the league in rebounding average and second in double-doubles.

For his career, Wilson started 53 of 64 games at Kansas and averaged 11.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per outing.

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