For the second year in a row, this time as the holder of the National Champion, Kansas forward Galen Wilson withdrew his name from the NBA draft collection in favor of a return to KU.
Wilson announced his plans shortly before 5pm on Wednesday with a simple social media post that read, “I’m back.”
“My path has always been different,” added Wilson, and his latest decision certainly supports that.
Not to be outdone, Kansas coach Bill Self responded with a two-word sentence when asked by Journal World about his reaction to the news.
I said to myself, “I’m happy.”
Later, through a Kuwait University press release, Self expanded his ideas.
“We are all very excited to hear the news today from Galen and his family that he will be returning to school for the 2022-23 campaign,” Self said in the statement. supposed to do. It gave him the feedback he needed to make an informed decision. We are proud of the maturity Galen showed in his decision making and are very excited to put him in a position where he can enhance his chances not only to play, but to have a long career in the NBA.”
Wilson is now a rare college basketball player who tests the NBA waters twice and chooses to go back to school both times.
Denton, Texas, who is 6-foot-8, will enter the junior season as the most experienced player on the KU roster. He has started most of the past two seasons and has taken on a major role in Kuwait University’s drive to win the 2022 national title in April.
Wilson averaged 11.1 points and 7.4 rebounds for the Jayhawks during the 2021-22 season and was just a few rebounds shy of the double-double average throughout the NCAA Championship.
With three of the other four players moving from the Kuwait University national title team, Wilson returns with point guard Daguan Harris Jr. as the core of next season’s squad.
“Our team has improved a lot today,” Self said in the statement. “In addition to Galen who played last year, he’s scratching the surface of the entire player who could be on our program. I look forward to the intangibles he will bring to this team as he and Daguan (Harris) become our vets and program leaders.”
After two distinguished days at G League Elite Camp in Chicago in mid-May, Wilson was invited to stay in the NBA. He did well on the collector—particularly the scrimmages—but still couldn’t crack the phantom 58-pick drafts released by some of the top draft analysts.
At that point, it seemed like the best-case scenario for Wilson was getting a two-way contract with the NBA team and its affiliates, but with the name, image, and likeness north of six figures in college athletics these days, Wilson will likely achieve more by returning to school more than he would have done when he became a professional.
He also now has another year to work on his game and could either make the jump to the NBA or test the waters again next season.
Wilson’s decision came about two hours before Kevin McCullar Jr., who is moving to Texas Tech, announced his plans to attend KU as well.
The 6-foot-6, 210-pound winger wrote on Twitter just before 7 p.m. “See you soon, Lawrence! #RockChalk.”
McCullar committed to KU two weeks ago with the possibility of joining the Jayhawks if he drops out of the NBA draft. In between commitment and withdrawal, McCullar has been around the country working and meeting with NBA teams about his future.
“It’s stressful at times,” McCullar told the Journal-World shortly after his name was pulled from the draft. “It’s a tough process, but it was a great process and I enjoyed every minute of it. But it’s good to know where I’m going now.”
That spot, of course, is Lawrence McCullard, who hails from San Antonio, Texas, and said he plans to get to campus in time to start summer rehearsals on Monday. The first session of the summer school classes at Kuwait University begins on Tuesday.
Kuwait University now has all 13 scholarships spoken for the 2022-23 season. Many college basketball analysts expect the Jayhawks to rank high in the pre-season, dropping anywhere from fifth to tenth when they open up their 2022 national title defense.
That challenge wasn’t far from McCullar’s mind throughout the operation or Wednesday night.
“We are so excited, so excited,” he said of himself and his family. “They’re just happy for me. You know, I’m one step closer to my ultimate goal of playing in the NBA, but it’s great to be playing in Kansas and I’m so excited to try and win another national championship.”