The good news keeps coming for Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks as top-50 recruit Jalen Wilson committed to the Jayhawks on Wednesday afternoon.
Wilson chose the Jayhawks over the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Michigan Wolverines. Wilson’s commitment comes just two days after sharp-shooting grad transfer Isaiah Moss committed to play for KU.
At Iowa last season, Moss averaged 9.2 points per game and shot over 42 percent from three-point range. That’s a welcome sign to a team that desperately lacked a proven three-point shooting threat heading into the upcoming season.
What they bring
Wilson also adds another outside shooting threat. According to a player evaluation from Evan Daniels of 247sports, he says that “Shooting is among his biggest strengths. He has good shot mechanics, shot preparation and good range.”
With the additions of these two shooting prospects, Bill Self has filled the biggest remaining need on a team that already had NCAA title expectations. Prior to these additions, the team had a point guard capable of carrying them to the Final Four. They had perhaps the most dominant center in college basketball. And they had good depth and talent throughout the roster.
What they didn’t have was a player who they could rely on to make open threes when the team needed it. Now they do.
Even with the NCAA moving back the three-point line, outside shooting is still an important facet of today’s game and with Moss and Wilson on board, the biggest question on this team has now been answered.
Dire straits to great days ahead
Things were looking pretty grim for this Kansas team prior to the last few weeks. It wasn’t clear if De Sousa would be eligible to play, if Devon Dotson would return, if they would land any more recruits, and the list goes on.
But in the last two months Udoka Azubuike announced he was returning, De Sousa did get cleared by the NCAA, Dotson did pull his name out of the draft, and KU did land another recruit to go along with an impact transfer.
It’s been a roller coaster, but now, after the additions of Moss and Wilson, Self has perhaps the deepest and most dangerous team he’s had in the past 10 years – and a team that could now be considered the favorites to cut down the nets next spring.
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