Four-star recruit Jalen Wilson commits to KU

Kansas head coach Bill Self instructs his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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(WIBW) - Bill Self and Kansas have a second addition to welcome this week.

Four-star recruit Jalen Wilson, a small forward ranked as a top-50 player in the country for the class of 2019, tweeted his commitment to KU on Wednesdayand later signed with the school. The Texas native from Guyer High School was originally a Michigan commit who changed his mind on May 16 after former UM head coach John Beilein left the Wolverines for the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.

“I just picked them because I feel like there’s a really big need for me and what I can do to help the team," Wilson told 247Sports. "It’s going to be a great team and a national contender. Top to bottom of their roster it’s a really good team and I have a great relationship with the coaches and I’m excited.”

"I'm very excited about Jalen's commitment to us," Self said in a release announcing Wilson's signing. "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."

The other schools in contention were North Carolina as well as Michigan. Wilson, according to rankings from 247Sports, is the only recruit ranked in the top 50 for KU's class of 2019. That group includes Tristan Enaruna, Christian Braun and Issac McBride.

"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."

Of course, the Jayhawks' gains haven't just been through high school recruiting. They landed a needed perimeter shooter in Iowa transfer Isaiah Moss on Monday. That addition only followed Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson's decisions to return to KU as well as Silvio De Sousa's reinstatement from his suspension by the NCAA.