Jalen Wilson entered the 2022 NBA Draft after winning a national championship with Kansas, but he withdrew his name from consideration for a chance to run things back as the primary scoring option for Head Coach Bill Self. While his decision to return to Lawrence did almost nothing to raise his draft stock, the Texas native had a workout with the Spurs last year, and they may still have interest in him.
The 22-year-old forward was overextended as the engine of the Jayhawks offense, and he could be much more efficient when scaled down to a lesser role where he can maximize his skills as a slasher to get downhill off second-side actions. Despite a subpar three-point percentage, Wilson has a fluid release on open looks. He also has a nose for the ball, cleaning the glass for putback slams and tips.
Smoother transitions to the next level is one of the benefits of drafting an upperclassman, and Jalen is the sort of disciplined team defender every coaching staff covets. He makes the correct rotations, rarely fouls, and communicates with teammates. Wilson has the sturdy frame and mobility to slide up and down positions, yet he doesn't use his wingspan well to contest shots or play the passing lanes.