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Kansas forward Jalen Wilson pulls out of draft, returns to school

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Apr 4, 2022; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas Jayhawks forward Jalen Wilson (10) drives to the basket against North Carolina Tar Heels forward Brady Manek (45) during the 2022 NCAA men's basketball tournament Final Four championship game at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson pulled out of the 2022 NBA Draft on Wednesday and decided to return to Kansas.

Wilson, a key member of the Jayhawks’ national championship team, had to withdraw from the draft by June 1 to maintain his college eligibility.

“We are all very excited to hear the news today from Jalen and his family that he will be returning to school for the 2022-23 campaign,” Kansas coach Bill Self said in a news release. “He’s gone through the process and the process did exactly what it is intended to do. It gave him the feedback he needed to make an educated decision.

“We’re proud of the maturity Jalen showed in making the decision and very excited to put him a position to where he can enhance his opportunities to not only play, but have a long career in the NBA. Our team got a lot better today.”

Wilson averaged 11.1 points and 7.4 rebounds in 37 games (27 starts) last season while earning third-team All-Big-12 honors. He collected 10 or more rebounds 12 times last season.

Wilson averaged 12 points and 9.7 rebounds during Kansas’ six NCAA Tournament victories. He had 15 points in the title-game win over North Carolina.

The group of players who made decisions Wednesday to return to school, according to various reports, included Gonzaga’s Julian Strawther, Virginia Tech’s Justyn Mutts, Northwestern’s Pete Nance (who is in the transfer portal) Kent State’s Sincere Carry, Iowa’s Kris Murray, Oregon’s Will Richardson, Southern California’s Drew Peterson and Memphis’ DeAndre Williams.

Among the players to remain in the draft are Colorado State’s David Roddy, Michigan’s Caleb Houstan, North Carolina State’s Dereon Seabron, Marquette’s Justin Lewis and UNLV’s Donovan Williams.

–Field Level Media