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Bill Self Responds To Kansas' Latest Huge Recruiting Win

Bill Self reacting during a Kansas game.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - MARCH 23: Head coach Bill Self of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts to a play against the Auburn Tigers during their game in the Second Round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 23, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Bill Self wasn't sure how his roster would look heading into next season, but it's safe to say he is pretty pleased with how everything played out.

Kansas has a trio of stars returning for next season, as Silvio De Sousa, Devon Dotson and Udoka Azubuike should lead the team in several categories.

This past weekend, Kansas received a commitment from graduate transfer Isaiah Moss. It's likely that Moss will replace Quentin Grimes, who entered the NCAA transfer portal.

On Wednesday, the Jayhawks landed four-star recruit Jalen Wilson. The former Michigan commit decided to re-open his recruitment due to John Beilein's departure from college hoops.

It took Self two attempts to land Wilson, but he is pleased to have him in Lawrence for next season.

From KU Athletics:

"I'm very excited about Jalen's commitment to us," said Self. "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."

"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."

The additions of Moss and Wilson have the Jayhawks rising in preseason power rankings.

Once again, the Big 12 runs through Kansas.

[KU Athletics]