Kansas’ Jalen Wilson to test NBA draft process

Mar 22, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Kansas Jayhawks forward Jalen Wilson (10) grabs onto the loose ball during the first half in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament against the Southern California Trojans at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson announced Friday that he is entering the NBA draft but will remain open to returning to school for his sophomore season.

Wilson, who is listed at 6 feet 8 and 215 pounds, will retain NCAA eligibility while testing the draft process. He has until July 19 to withdraw his name for the NBA draft, which is scheduled for July 29.

“I am excited for the opportunity to learn, workout, and receive valuable feedback on my game that will allow me to make a solid decision on whether to remain in the draft, or return to the University of Kansas for my sophomore year,” Wilson said.

Wilson averaged 12.1 points and 8.2 rebounds while appearing in 28 games (26 starts). He was named to the 2021 Big 12 All-Newcomer and Big 12 All-Freshman teams.

“Jalen had a terrific freshman year and played a critical role in our success,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “We knew as the season progressed there would be interest in exploring the NBA process. I fully support his decision and know that he will handle this experience properly.

“Like Ochai (Agbaji), Jalen will keep his remaining eligibility so he has the option to return based on what he learns throughout this process. This will be great for him to learn what people say about him and ways in which he can improve.”

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–Field Level Media