One of the highest-rated prospects in Kansas’ 2019 recruiting class, Jalen Wilson is expected to be key contributor for years to come. But it’s beginning to look like Wilson’s freshman season is going to be a throwaway year.
On Thursday, Jayhawks head coach Bill Self said he doesn’t expect Wilson to play again this season. Wilson is currently recovering from foot surgery that he got in mid-November.
There appeared to be some reason for optimism when Wilson was seen doing warmup drills at Allen Fieldhouse this past Monday. But with only nine games left in the regular season, the Jayhawks don’t appear eager to rush him back.
Self explained that while nothing has been finalized, a decision is likely to come in “the next week or so.”
Bill Self: Doesn't expect Jalen Wilson to play again this season as things stand today. Looking less and less likely that it happens. Nothing final has been decided yet. They will probably make a final decision in the next week or so. #KUbball
— Benton Smith (@BentonASmith) February 6, 2020
Coming out of high school, Wilson was the No. 53 overall prospect in the country by 247Sports. He was the No. 13 small forward in the nation, and the No. 8 prospect from the state of Texas.
Prior to the injury, Wilson had played just two minutes for the Jayhawks.
The Jayhawks are currently doing just fine without Wilson though. They’re 19-3 and keeping pace with No. 1 Baylor for the lead in the Big 12 standings.
As disappointing as everyone might be not to have Wilson for the NCAA Tournament, it’s probably better to be safe than sorry.