Guyer graduate Jalen Wilson, who became one of the nation’s top unsigned prospects when he received his release from Michigan last month, announced his commitment to Kansas on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.
Kansas subsequently announced that Wilson signed a national letter of intent.
“We missed out on the opportunity to sign Jalen the first time around when he committed to Michigan,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “He’d been up here to campus and was a guy we were very interested in, but he made another decision. When coach [John] Beilein left for the NBA and they asked for the release, that opened up the opportunity for us to try again and to get it right, even though it was the second time around.”
Wilson, the No. 44 player in 247Sports’ class of 2019 rankings, joins a Jayhawk recruiting class that features four-star forward Tristan Enaruna (Mount Pleasant, Utah), three-star forward Christian Braun (Overland Park, Kan.) and three-star guard Issac McBride (Little Rock, Ark.).
Iowa graduate transfer Isaiah Moss also committed to Kansas on Monday afternoon.
Kansas was among the favorites to land Wilson prior to his commitment to Michigan. Wilson named the Jayhawks as one of his top six schools May 7, 2018, before eventually committing to coach Beilein and the Wolverines three weeks later.
Wilson signed a national letter of intent in November but asked for his release from Michigan days after he was blindsided by Beilein’s decision to leave the program to become the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Kansas and North Carolina quickly emerged as the favorites to land the former Guyer star, and he took an official visit to Kansas on May 30 before heading to UNC on June 4.
Wilson was a four-year starter at Guyer and averaged 18.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and three assists as a senior to guide the Wildcats to a second straight appearance in the Class 6A Region I championship game. He and teammate De’Vion Harmon, an Oklahoma signee, were co-MVPs in District 5-6A and earned co-MVP honors on the Denton Record-Chronicle All-Area Basketball Team.
Wilson’s decision to commit to Kansas means he’ll match up against Harmon at least twice next season. Kansas and Oklahoma split their two Big 12 games last year, with the Jayhawks taking the first meeting 70-63 and Oklahoma winning the second game 81-68.
Kansas went 26-10 last season under coach Bill Self, who is entering his 16th season at the school. Self is 447-96 at Kansas, and he led the program to its third national championship in 2008.
“I’m very excited about Jalen’s commitment to us,” Self said. “He’s been a Kansas fan for the vast majority of his young life and is certainly a guy who is used to winning after being a part of a great high school program at John H. Guyer High School. He will bring great size, skill and versatility playing both as a big and a small, but more importantly he’ll bring incredible toughness.”