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KU's Jalen Wilson earns NBA combine call up after second straight strong showing at G League Elite camp

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) pumps his fist as the Jayhawks take control late in the second half against Providence on Friday, March 25, 2022 at United Center in Chicago. The Jayhawks defeated the Friars, 66-61.

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson has been invited to attend the NBA’s pre-draft combine after a strong showing in the two-day G League Elite Camp this week in Chicago.

Wilson, who led all scorers with 18 points in the first scrimmage of the week on Monday, followed that up with a team-best 13 points in a loss on Tuesday.

Wilson shot 4-of-9 from the floor overall and 3-of-5 from 3-point range, giving him seven 3-point makes in 11 attempts in the two G League scrimmages.

Given that his outside shooting was one of the bigger question marks surrounding Wilson’s game heading into the draft showcase week, it makes sense that answering it with a strong showing would earn him the call up to the full combine.

He’ll join KU teammates Ochai Agbaji and Christian Braun at the combine, which begins Wednesday and runs through the weekend.

Fellow KU teammate David McCormack was on the winning side of Wilson’s scrimmage on Tuesday. McCormack, who did not get asked to stay, finished with 6 points and 3 rebounds on 3-of-5 shooting in 17 minutes off the bench. The performance resembled what he did on Monday.

Joining Wilson as G League Elite Camp call ups were: Texas Tech forward Bryson Wilson, Houston’s Marcus Sasser, Seton Hall’s Jared Rhoden, UConn’s Tyrese Martin, Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Lofton Jr. and LSU’s Darius Days.

Seven of the 44 players invited to the G League camp got asked to say, three more than last year’s total.

While the accomplishment is big news for Wilson’s draft hopes, the latest ESPN.com mock draft still did not have his name listed among the 58 picks in this year’s draft.

Posted by draft guru Jonathan Givony shortly after Tuesday night’s draft lottery drawing, the latest ESPN mock draft featured Agbaji going 15th overall (one pick out of the lottery) to Charlotte and Braun 28th overall to Golden State late in the first round.

Agbaji has been a solid first-round projection throughout the past several months. Braun has teetered between late first and early-to-mid second round status. His showing this week will go a long way toward solidifying one of those projections, therein helping him make his decision to stay in the draft or return to KU.

Underclassmen have until June 1 to pull their name from the draft pool in order to retain their college eligibility for the 2022-23 season.

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by NBA G League

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Dirk Medema

Great job JWil!

This news would appear to indicate we’re a lot closer to welcoming Kevin McCullar to the Phog.

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Jonathan Allison

Congratulations Jalen!

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Rodney Crain

McCullar shoukd go to Gonzaga, He is a better fit there,

It will be interesting to see what G League contract offer JW gets out of his strong showing.

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Layne Pierce

Fact is, if he is not going to be drafted, he either goes abroad for the money, or comes back to
be the man this year for KU, and along with Harris provide the leadership to win another title.
We're talking proving he can hit the 3 game in game out. Then with his body and skills, he will definitely be drafted, maybe even lottery pick.

RCJH

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Dirk Medema

24/7 Sports, in discussing Gonzaga, says Kevin McCullar is likely going to Kansas if he does not stay in 2022 NBA Draft.

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Joshua Tate

It would be great to bring in a wing with experience, like McCullar, to help the development of Dick and Rice. We're looking pretty light as far as SF's go from a numbers standpoint anyhow.

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