Jalen Wilson Signs With Kansas


Courtesy of Kansas Athletics

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Forward Jalen Wilson has signed a grant-in-aid agreement to play men’s basketball at Kansas, KU head coach Bill Self announced Wednesday.

“I’m very excited about Jalen’s commitment to us,” said Self. “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.”

Rated No. 47 in’s Class of 2019, Wilson is a 6-8 scoring wing who played on the No. 2 team in Texas’ District 6A at John H. Guyer High School.

“We missed out on the opportunity to sign Jalen the first time around when he committed to Michigan,” 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 averaged 18.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists last season on the way to Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) Class 6A all-state and all-regional honors in 2018-19. He helped the Wildcats to a 32-5 record and a regional championship game in the Texas state playoffs.

A four-year varsity player at Guyer, Wilson was a part of three District 6A championship teams. He averaged 16.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a junior in 2018, which earned TABC Class 6A all-state, all-regional and District 6A co-MVP honors. As a sophomore he averaged 16.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists and guided Guyer to a 25-6 record and a trip to the Bi-District final. As a freshman, he posted 15.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game as Guyer went 30-3 and advanced to the District 6A Area final.

Wilson also played on the Gauntlet AAU circuit in the spring of 2018, averaging 19.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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