Jalen Wilson loves fit with KU hoops

Published: Jun. 18, 2019 at 10:56 PM CDT
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Tuesday wasn't an official debut for Kansas forward Jalen Wilson. But the most highly-touted KU freshman for next season did get to hoop around in Jayhawk colors for the first time.

The top-50 recruit played in an intrasquad scrimmage at a Bill Self basketball camp at Allen Fieldhouse. He also described how the longtime KU head coach sold him on playing for Kansas.

"He was just showing me all the terrific wings that came out of here," Wilson said. "Where I'd play at and how I'd play, my style fits so good with this run and gun team. This team loves to score and I love to score."

He didn't originally plan on scoring points in Lawrence. Wilson committed to Michigan, but changed his mind when Wolverine head coach John Beilein left to coach the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.

The forward was shocked by the change, but it gave Self a chance to recruit him harder and get a player he believes will really help the Jayhawks next season.

"He gives us size," Self said. "He gives us toughness. And he gives us skill. But he just knows how to play. He's a winner. And I think his ability to shoot the ball is probably as good, close to as good as anybody on our team."

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