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Seven1 Sports & Entertainment agency announces signing of KU's Jalen Wilson as client

A sea of hands reach out to slap hands with Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) and the Jayhawks as they leave the court following their win over Creighton on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. The Jayhawks advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 79-72 win over the Bluejays.

As we await official word from Kansas basketball players Ochai Agbaji, Christian Braun and Jalen Wilson about their futures, some news is starting to make its way out.

On Thursday, Seven1 Sports & Entertainment group noted on both its Twitter and Instagram pages that Wilson had signed with the agency.

“We are so excited to welcome @thejalenwilson to the Seven1 family as he enters the NBA Draft process. The future is now!” @seven1agency posted on Twitter. The tweet also included a graphic with images of Wilson and the heading “Welcome to the Family” above them.

Wilson later shared the posts in his Instagram story.

According to sources close to the program, all three Jayhawks are expected to follow teammate David McCormack’s footsteps in declaring for the NBA draft.

McCormack, a senior, is likely to stay in the draft. And KU coach Bill Self said at the team’s postseason banquet that Agbaji’s days at Kansas were done.

That leaves Braun and Wilson with the most interesting decisions of the bunch. Players have until Sunday to announce their intentions to declare for the draft. From there, provided they follow the proper steps and rules to retain their college eligibility, they have until June 1 to pull their name from the NBA draft pool if they intend to return to school.

Wilson did exactly that last season after going through the pre-draft interview process while maintaining his college eligibility.

Players who test their NBA stock can sign with agents and still be eligible to return to school. But one of the key parts of the process of keeping one’s college eligibility is to sign with an NCAA-certified agency, and Seven1 is on that list.

Wilson, a redshirt sophomore and two-year starter at Kansas, averaged 11.1 points and 7.4 rebounds this past season during the Jayhawks’ run to the national title.

Braun, a junior who also started the past two seasons (along with parts of a third) averaged 14.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for the Jayhawks this season.

Both Agbaji and Braun’s names have appeared in the first round of several 2022 mock drafts in recent weeks.

Stay in touch with KUsports.com for more on these players’ announcements, which could come at any time.

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Barry Weiss

Hoping for the best for J Will, would certainly like to see him again next year with the Jayhawks.

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jwil is the only guy that may come back. the other 3-dmack, och & cb-are gone. & good for them! rcjh

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Andy Godwin

KJ Adams playing time next season just increased. Wilson was the best player on the team to fight for rebounds and provide a physical presence. Mr. Adams seems to have those attributes. Not sure of his shooting range, but clearly with David McCormack, Mitch “Mr. Jayhawk” Lightfoot, and Wilson gone then plenty of opportunity for KJ Adams and Zac Clemence if both return. Not sure of Mr. Braun’s intention, but he could be the leader of the team if he decided to continue improving his game at the college level to make him able to stick at the next level.

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Dirk Medema

Jalen needs to spend a lot of time in the gym this summer getting a reliable 3. Sub-30 from college range won’t cut it professionally.

While the agents want CB - who doesn’t want clients, he rode Ochai’s coattails this past year. Maybe he doesn’t aspire to be the leader. He is if he returns. It’s a lower trajectory if he doesn’t.

Maybe we’ll hear from the iarp in the next month and help decide. I’m not holding my breath.

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Dirk Medema

Any word on Kendric Davis? He’s supposed to announce today?

One suggested link said Memphis was the leader. I didn’t read the article to see if it mentioned Emoni Bates, one of the top 2021 recruits, transferring away from the Penny-arcade.

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Dirk Medema

Andy - JWil still has the opportunity to return.

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Mallory Briggans

I dont see where Braun is NBA ready .......other than his size he didnt shoot the 3 well his shot release is slow and he cant shoot off the dribble. You not only have to look at Brauns offensive deficiencies but I googled current NBA shooting guards 6' 5" or so there were 100 listed ......Braun also has to learn to defend these guys . If he gets drafted great but he has to be a better outside shooter and defender

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Robert Brock

Kendric Davis chose Memphis so that matter is closed. He goes from playing for a good coach (Jank) to playing for a former good NBA player but awful college hoops coach (Penny).

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Dirk Medema

Mallory - CB shot over 38% from 3. What percentage do you think is needed to be a good outside shooter? That’s top 60 in the nba of players taking more than 1/game. Lots of players, guards shooting worse than that, though their stripe is deeper. It seems the whole team showed on multiple occasions they could defend well.

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Creg Bohrer

Since he's hired an agent I don't believe he can come back. Unless the NCAA change it's rules.

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Rodney Crain

Our key players should check out the NBA. A couple might be able to follow the path of Graham, or the Morris twins. CB and OA should get drafted but they will have to show more to make an NBA roster with any playing time.

Penny has only showed that he can recruit and lose at the college level with great talent.

Pack going to Maimi is a good fit. Talk about a upgrade in lifestyle.

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Dirk Medema

Creg - From the article:
“But one of the key parts of the process of keeping one’s college eligibility is to sign with an NCAA-certified agency, and Seven1 is on that list.“
It changed a year or two ago.

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Layne Pierce

The most surprising thing would be neither Braun, nor Wilson returning. If so, that most likely means 2022-23 would be a rebuilding year. We would still compete for the conference crown, but, overall expectations would have to be tempered by time needed for overall defensive and offensive cohesion,

The best thing would be if both Braun and Wilson return, and provide leadership along with DeJuan. If they do, and they take the initiative, and the recruits and holdovers all improve, then an NCAA run to at least the Elite 8 is possible.

RCJH

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Steve Zimmerman

Gotta keep working on those legs, yo J-Dub.

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Creg Bohrer

Thanks Dirk.. I didn't realize that rule changed.

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