Will go down as one of the most decorated players in Kansas men’s basketball history … Kansas’ 32nd Consensus All-America First Team selection in 2022-23 who was a finalist on most every national player of the year award … Did win the 2023 Julius Erving Award as the national small forward of the year … Ended his KU career No. 27 in points (1,475), No. 14 in rebounds (802), No. 9 in double-doubles (28), No. 21 in 3FGs made (140), No. 11 in 3FGs attempted (443) … Is only the 10th player in KU history to score at least 1,400 points and pull down 800 rebounds for a career … In 2020-21 averaged 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.
2022-23: Academic All-Big 12 First Team; Danny Manning “Mr. Jayhawk” Award; Consensus All-America First Team; Julius Erving Award Recipient; Wooden Award Finalist (1 of 5); Wooden Award All-American; Naismith Trophy Finalist (1 of 4); USBWA All-America First Team; NABC All-America First Team; Associated Press All-America First Team; USBWA All-District VI Player of the Year; USBWA All-District VI Team; NABC All-District 8 First Team; Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team; The Sporting News All-America First Team; Big 12 Player of the Year (unanimous selection); All-Big 12 First Team (unanimous selection); Oscar Robertson Trophy Late Season Watch List (1 of 15); Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List (1 of 50); Big 12 Player of the Week (12.5.22); Battle 4 Atlantis All-Tournament Team; Preseason All-Big 12 Team
2022 All-Big 12 Third Team; 2022 Academic All-Big 12 First Team; Big 12 Player of the Week (2.14.2022); 2022 Julius Erving Award Watch List (1 of 20); 2021 Academic All-Big 12 Second Team; 2021 Big 12 All-Newcomer Team; 2021 Big 12 All-Freshman Team; Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (2.15.2021)
A Consensus All-America First Team selection who was the Julius Erving Award winner as the small forward of the year … Unanimous Big 12 Player of the Year and All Big 12 First Team selection … Was on most every national player of the year final ballot … Big 12 Player of the Week (12/5) … Was the fourth KU player, seventh all time, to lead the Big 12 in scoring (20.1ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg) in the same season … Just the third Jayhawk in the Bill Self era to average 20 or more points for a season (Frank Mason III, 20.9 ppg in 2016-17 and Wayne Simien, 20.3 ppg in 2004-05) … Led the Big 12 in double-doubles with 12 … Ranked on KU single-season list: No. 9 points (723), No. 5 FGs attempted (575), No. 6 minutes played (1,273) … Scored 159 points in a six game stretch including a career high 38 point performance versus Kansas State (1/17) … Scored 33 points on 55% from the field with six assists against Texas Southern (11/28) … Snagged a season high 14 rebounds along with 14 points against West Virginia. (1/7)
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 rebounds per game … 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 rebounds per game 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 rebounds per game … 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 and sport management minor … Plans on graduating in May of 2023.