A two-year starter, including 27 starts during the 2022 NCAA National Championship season … Entered the last two NBA Drafts – 2021 and 2022 – but returned to KU both times … Led Kansas in rebounding in 2021-22 … Ended 2020-21 averaging 7.9 rebounds per game which is the second-best average by a KU freshman, only trailing Joel Embiid (8.1 in 2014) … Saw his freshman season cut short after just two games due to injury and was a redshirt in 2019-20 … A multi-talented forward who brings great size, skill and versatility and can play big and small … Comes from an athletic family as both parents played college basketball.
All-Big 12 Third Team 
Academic All-Big 12 First Team 
Big 12 Player of the Week (2.14.2022)
Julius Erving Award Watch List (1 of 20) 
Academic All-Big 12 Second Team 
Big 12 All-Newcomer Team 
Big 12 All-Freshman Team 
Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (2.15.2021)
All-Big 12 Third Team … Big 12 Player of the Week (2/14) … Led KU and was second in the Big 12 in rebounds at 7.4 rpg … Was third in the league in double-doubles with seven … Averaged a 12.0 points per game and 9.7 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament, including four double-doubles … Averaged 13.4 ppg and 8.0 rpg in Big 12 play … Pulled down 11-plus rebounds in four of his last five games .. Recorded two straight double-doubles in the NCAA Tournament with 14 points and 14 rebounds vs Creighton (3/19) and 16 points and 11 rebounds vs. Providence (3/25) … Had 22 points and nine rebounds vs. Oklahoma (2/12) … Tied his career high with 23 points vs. West Virginia (1/15) … Tied his career high with 15 rebounds at Oklahoma State (1/4) … Academic All Big-12 First Team honoree.
Big 12 All-Newcomer and All-Freshman Teams … Started 26 of 29 games … Led Kansas and the Big 12 freshmen in rebound average at 7.9 rpg … Ranked second in the Big 12 in rebounds (7.9), second in double-doubles (9) and 12th in free throw percentage (63.0) … His six double-doubles in Big 12 play were tied for the most in the conference … Recorded six double-doubles in his last 11 games, including a KU frosh consecutive double-doubled record (4) … Ended second on the KU frosh record for rebound average (7.9) … Led KU in scoring five times and in rebounds in 18 games … Was third on the team with 58 assists … Posted nine points and nine rebounds vs. Oklahoma (3/11) in the Big 12 Championship … Had 16 points and 13 rebounds at Texas (2/23) … Scored 22 points with 10 boards at Iowa State (2/13) … Had 23 points and 10 rebounds in the win vs. No. 8 Creighton (12/8) … Posted first-career double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds in the victory vs. Kentucky (12/1) in the Champions Classic.
Was a redshirt after playing in just two regular-season games … Broke his ankle vs. UNC Greensboro (11/8) … Logged two minutes vs. #4 Duke (11/5).
A four-year starter at John H. Guyer High School in Denton, Texas, for coach Grant Long … A two-time Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) 6A all-state, all-regional and District 5-6A co-MVP selections his junior and senior seasons … Averaged 18.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists his senior season as the Wildcats were ranked No. 1 or No. 2 throughout the season … As a junior, averaged 16.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists … Helped the Wildcats to a combined 70-7 record his junior and senior seasons (32-5 as a senior and 38-2 as a junior), advancing to the regional championship game in the Texas state playoffs both seasons … Played for Gauntlet AAU.
Full name is Jalen Derale Wilson … Born in Arlington, Texas … Parents are Lisa and Derale Wilson … Has two siblings, Jace (15) and Jevin (9) … Mother was an Oklahoma State signee who tore her ACL and played college basketball at Seminole State College and later Oklahoma City University … Father played collegiate basketball at TCU and professionally in Europe … Enjoys playing video games and listening to and making music … Originally signed with Michigan but reopened his recruitment with the coaching change and committed to Kansas in June 2019 … Communication studies major.