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Jalen Wilson

Position Forward
Height 6'8"
Weight 225 lbs
Class RS Freshman
Hometown Denton, Texas
High School John H. Guyer HS
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OVERVIEW
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.

 CAREER HONORS
All-Big 12 Third Team [2022]
Academic All-Big 12 First Team [2022]
Big 12 Player of the Week (2.14.2022)
Julius Erving Award Watch List (1 of 20) [2022]
Academic All-Big 12 Second Team [2021]
Big 12 All-Newcomer Team [2021]
Big 12 All-Freshman Team [2021]
Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (2.15.2021)

2021-22 (SOPHOMORE)
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.

2020-21 (FRESHMAN)
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.

2019-20 (REDSHIRT)
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).

HIGH SCHOOL
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.

PERSONAL
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.

 

Men's Basketball 🏀 Jalen Wilson Named Big 12 Player of the Week

Kansas redshirt-sophomore Jalen Wilson has been named the Big 12 Player of the Week in a vote by a media panel which covers the league. This is the second career weekly honor for Wilson as he was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week last season on Feb. 15, 2021.