As we await official news from Kansas basketball players Ochai Agbaji, Christian Braun and Jalen Wilson on their future, some news is starting to trickle in.
On Thursday, Seven1 Sports & Entertainment Group noted on its Twitter and Instagram pages that Wilson had signed with the agency.
“We are thrilled 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 caption “Welcome to the family” above them.
Wilson then shared the posts to his Instagram story.
According to sources familiar with the program, the three Jayhawks should follow in the footsteps of teammate David McCormack in declaring themselves 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 in Kansas were over.
That leaves Braun and Wilson with the most interesting decisions of the bunch. Players have until Sunday to announce their intention to declare themselves for the draft. From there, provided they follow the proper steps and rules to maintain college eligibility, they have until June 1 to remove their name from the NBA draft pool if they have the intention to return to school.
Wilson did just that last season after going through the pre-draft interview process while maintaining college eligibility.
Players testing 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 maintaining college eligibility is signing up 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 last season in the Jayhawks’ national title run.
Braun, a junior who also started the past two seasons (with parts of a third) has averaged 14.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for the Jayhawks this season.
Agbaji’s and Braun’s names have appeared in the first round of several fictional 2022 drafts in recent weeks.
Stay in touch with KUsports.com for more on any announcements from these players, which may come up at any time.