Monday, March 15, 2021

KU freshman Jalen Wilson did not travel with Jayhawks to Indianapolis on Monday

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) pulls up for a three over West Virginia forward Derek Culver (1) during the first half, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) pulls up for a three over West Virginia forward Derek Culver (1) during the first half, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse.


The Journal-World has confirmed through multiple sources that Kansas forward Jalen Wilson did not travel to Indianapolis with the team on Monday and is expected to miss KU’s first-round game against Eastern Washington on Saturday.

Wilson, a redshirt freshman from Denton, Texas, also could miss KU’s second-round game on Monday if the Jayhawks advance.

Although no official word has come from Kansas about the identity of the player who tested positive for COVID-19 last Friday morning, which led to KU withdrawing from the Big 12 tournament, Kansas coach Bill Self on Sunday said the KU player who produced “the most recent positive test” likely would be out for the first two rounds and would rejoin the Jayhawks, “if we’re fortunate enough to advance.”

A starter in 26 of KU's 28 games so far this season, Wilson is averaging 12.1 points and 8.2 rebounds in 29.3 minutes per game for the Jayhawks in his first full season of eligibility. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound wing missed all but a couple of minutes of his true freshman season in 2019-20 with an ankle injury.

Wilson, who leads the Jayhawks with nine double-doubles this season, has been the Jayhawks’ best rebounder and has played both the stretch 4 position and the 5 spot in KU’s all-guard lineups.

With him out of the lineup, junior Tyon Grant-Foster, freshman Bryce Thompson and sophomore Tristan Enaruna, are expected to get opportunities to play more minutes to help fill his role.

A source told the Journal-World that Enaruna and junior forward David McCormack also did not travel to Indianapolis with the Jayhawks on Monday. KU’s flight left downtown Kansas City, Mo., around 12:30 p.m. Monday and landed in Indianapolis about an hour later.

Self said Sunday night that he expected both Enaruna and McCormack, who were held out of the Big 12 tournament after entering COVID-19 protocols early last week, to rejoin the team later this week in time for Saturday’s NCAA Tournament opener.

“Yeah, we expect (them) to,” Self said Sunday. “Unless something happens. But the one thing I found out through this, probably as much as anybody, you expect the unexpected. But we'll see. I'm not privy to comment on specifics, but I’ll stick to what I've said all along, that we anticipate those guys joining us this week.”

The Jayhawks, a 3 seed in the West region, are slated to open the NCAA Tournament against 14th-seeded Eastern Washington at 12:15 p.m. Saturday on TBS at Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis.


Cory McCart 1 year, 6 months ago

ugh. i had a feeling it was jalen. hope they can get thru the first two.

Sam Meyer 1 year, 6 months ago

This is unfortunate, but predictable. Jalen wasn't seen in the media appearances that the team made since Friday and HCBS basically said it was a forward when he mentioned getting TGF some playing time. Get healthy, Jalen. We need you back ASAP!!!

Brett McCabe 1 year, 6 months ago

I hope that Jalen is well. He’s been such a warrior this year. Chin up young man.

Bryce Landon 1 year, 6 months ago

Well, I'll be damned. A decent post from you for once.

Benjamin Shear 1 year, 6 months ago

Hope he gets well (if he has symptoms at all) and gets those 7 negative tests so he can come play!

Adam Bengtson 1 year, 6 months ago

“Although no official word has come from Kansas about the identity of the player who tested positive for COVID-19 last Friday morning”

it’s fun when we play pretend.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 6 months ago

Adam, I don’t think it’s called pretend as much as HIPA, or whatever the can’t share medical info act is called.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 6 months ago

I was guessing Mitch or Marcus, but already without Tristan and David, Jalen would be the next most crucial player.

Brett McCabe 1 year, 6 months ago

Adam, lost on the right a long time ago was something called manners. I’ll explain it to you...

This is where we use self control in revealing private information, or when we state that someone is in-American because they disagree with us, or we consider someone else before we think of ourselves.

It requires self control. Discipline. Concern for others. All things that republicans lost during the Newt era.

For you and others, 500,000 AMERICANS are dead. Who knows what the long term effects of this virus will be on young people.

Wouldn’t it be smart to be safe rather than sorry? Isn’t it always best to protect young people where appropriate? Or anyone?

This really doesn’t seem to be that difficult to understand. It’s just a question of self discipline.

Bryce Landon 1 year, 6 months ago

Pretty laughable that you would crack on Republicans for losing manners, self-control, self-discipline, and concern for others. Last I checked, it was leftists in Hollywood who were calling for the assassination of Donald Trump. Last I checked it was Maxine Waters, a leftist Congresswoman, who urged Democrat voters to harrass Republicans and Trump supporters. Last I checked it was leftists who were trying to silence conservative guest speakers like Ben Shapiro. Last I checked, it was leftists who plunged our nation's cities into riots all summer long. Last I checked it was leftists who allowed and encouraged the rioters while targeting conservatives who were doing little more than minding their own business.

So typical of the Left to accuse the Right of the very things that the Left is guilty of.

I always knew you were full of $#!+, but you've taken your leftist stupidity to a level that even I thought was impossible for you.

Oh, and just for the sake of fact-checking, 500,000 Americans dead out of an estimated population of 330,000,000 is only slightly more than 1/10 of 1% of the total population. COVID-19 is nowhere near as significant of a threat as you and your fellow left-wing totalitarian fearmongers like Dr. Fauci have persistently made it out to be.

Jeff Kallmeyer 1 year, 6 months ago

The Left seems to want to name Trump for the 500k deaths. Imagine how many deaths if Barack or Joe were President? They wouldn't have shut our borders as quick as Trump did and who knows what other lame brain ideas they may have tried, I'm guessing add another 20% to the death toll. Look at the mess currently happening on our southern border!

Jerry Walker 1 year, 6 months ago

It's no where near 500K. Two different states audited the deaths reported as caused by corona and found that almost half were BOGUS. They discovered deaths from gun shots, drowning, car accidents and even some pedestrians were reported as corona victims. Its no wonder why the KDHE won't release their records to be audited.

Kit Duncan 1 year, 6 months ago

Pretty sure one of those 500,000 deaths attributed to CV-19 isn't George Floyd. He is listed as a murder victim, even though he tested positive, as well as all the drugs he had in his system.

Chad Smith 1 year, 6 months ago

We can probably still beat EWU without him, but against USC who has a frontline similar to Texas, we would need his offensive rebounding prowess and ability to get tough buckets. It sucks, but time for Bryce and Tristan to assert themselves....

Len Shaffer 1 year, 6 months ago

Yep, this is Bryce's chance to really shine, and I think he'll be up to the challenge.

Armen Kurdian 1 year, 6 months ago

We do not fare well against the Pac12 in the tourney. I don't want to play USC.

Eric TheCapn 1 year, 6 months ago

Bryce, that's a lot of flipping dead Americans. You think an extra 1.5% of our population dying in a year is all good? That is the most significant threat in my lifetime and yours by a long shot.

Len Shaffer 1 year, 6 months ago

Let's also not forget that they've estimated that as many as 1/3 of the people who get the virus are "long haulers," meaning they have to deal with sometimes brutal symptoms for months. It's not just about the people who die.

Jonathan Allison 1 year, 6 months ago

let's just hope that the psychological/societal impacts of the economics lockdowns, school closures, business restrictions, and faith organizations closures are soon assuaged after the threat of the infection is mitigated by vaccination/immunity.

Michael Leiker 1 year, 6 months ago

I just hope that Lawrence gets rewarded for it's overall good behavior during all of this with a Natty!! We deserve it!

Edward Daub 1 year, 6 months ago

If Jalen Wilson returns in time to battle Jalen Suggs, I will be a happy camper.

Gonzaga is arguably the team to beat, but can the Zags be the 1st team since '76 Indiana to go undefeated?

Armen Kurdian 1 year, 6 months ago

They're not unbeatable, but should win it all if they take care of business.

Ted Hume 1 year, 6 months ago

Dr. Fauci = "left wing totalitarian fearmonger" classic! whew. Somebody here is a deranged lunatic, but it certainly isn't Dr. Fauci. The guy has been a tireless, universally respected, groundbreaking researcher, and lifelong leader in battling infectious diseases and improving the lives of all Americans, red and blue one alike. Save the vitriol for the politicians at least

Brianna Zaleski 1 year, 6 months ago

Ted, not wanting to get into a political discussion here, but it’s pretty easy to be “universally respected” when you pander to the crowd, or TV station you’re talking to, even though it’s in conflict with something you said days, weeks, or months earlier, AND the media refuses to do its job and call you out on it.

Stuart Swaziek 1 year, 6 months ago

If folks don't want to get into a political discussion, then maybe they should. . .oh I dunno. . .not get into a political discussion.

Ted Hume 1 year, 6 months ago

If you think he's been "pandering to" any crowd then you've been listening to Fox News talking points about Dr. Fauci and not the actual Dr. Fauci. Same for criticism about him not be "consistent" in his discussions of the medical and policy issues we're facing (and doing it under under both presidents). The false "masking recommendations" "controversy" is the best example, but that's been beaten to death. It's just a shame how tilted and skewed an individual's views are of practically every single issue now. I'm not a raging liberal. I'm a middle of the road American with a scientific background and broad, if not excessively deep knowledge of a range scientific areas of study and medicine, and nothing Dr. Fauci has said over the past 12 months has compromised in any way his 35+ YEARS of universal respect in the infectious diseases and healthcare policy arenas.

Jeff Kallmeyer 1 year, 6 months ago

How much research did Fauci do on determining the 6' social distancing? From what I hear, he relied on a 100+ study done for tuberculosis. There have been more recent studies recommending 3' is sufficient. Obviously, Fauci is no economist or he would have realized there were less-stringent happy mediums, eg. the Swedish model. If we took their lead, the death toll would be about the same, but the economy would be in a lot better shape!

Ted Hume 1 year, 6 months ago

And those recommendation decisions, which like all policies are determined by groups of people (committee and board) and not a single person anyway, and rely on trying to process the best data sets and existing information available at the time, make Dr. Fauci a "pandering, left-wing totalitarian fearmonger" how exactly? The entire point is stop trying to pin political motives on the man. Do you honestly believe Jeff that his understanding and beliefs about the best way to prevent infections and bring the quickest end to the pandemic with the least loss of life is driven by a quest for political power or ideology? Really. You can fairly level claims of politicizing the "china virus" to all sorts of parties and individuals if you want but understand it for what it is- the ugly, sad need in this country divide everyone and everything into either "us" or the "enemy".

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