LAWRENCE — Kansas males’s basketball participant Jalen Wilson will miss Wednesday’s exhibition and the primary three video games of the Jayhawks’ common season, on account of a suspension introduced Tuesday by head coach Invoice Self.
The choice got here after the information over the weekend of Wilson’s arrest Sunday on suspicion of driving beneath the affect. In line with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Workplace, Wilson was arrested at 2:16 a.m. and launched on $250 bond about two hours later. Self mentioned Wilson may also serve “neighborhood hours” through the suspension and carry out neighborhood service.
“That’s what we have now determined, and definitely assume that’s honest and definitely hate to should do all of it however the resolution he made was clearly very poor,” Self mentioned. “He’s owned it. He’s acted like a person. And he’s decided to spin it right into a optimistic over time indirectly, form or type, and I do know he’ll work laborious to do this.”
Self added that the rationale he went with the size of suspension that he did, was that he felt it was acceptable. He thinks it’s laborious to have a “cookie-cutter” penalty for every little thing that would go on, and that every state of affairs is exclusive. This four-game suspension would enable Wilson, a redshirt sophomore who figures to play a key function this season for Kansas, to return for the ESPN Occasions Invitational occasion in Florida in late November.
Wilson mentioned Tuesday his most important focus is taking duty for his actions and doing what he can to earn belief again from his neighborhood, coaches, teammates and household. He is aware of he’s let individuals down. And he added everybody he’s spoken to on the workforce is on board with the mindset he has shifting ahead.
There are methods Wilson will attempt to achieve that belief again.
“Simply persevering with to be a frontrunner on and off the court docket,” Wilson mentioned. “Simply speaking to my teaching workers, my teammates, about simply being the participant that I’m, nonetheless. And simply persevering with to set an excellent instance for the children and all people coming to the video games and supporting my workforce each single approach that I can simply being the individual that I’m.”
Wilson famous how adversity happens over the course of somebody’s life, and that he’s blessed to nonetheless be part of his workforce. He thinks this Jayhawks roster is deep and has plenty of expertise at its disposal.
Whereas Wilson is unavailable, Self and the teaching workers might be with out a expertise that Self views as their finest rebounder on the defensive finish and finest participant in transition. Self considers Wilson somebody who can hit photographs and is a frontrunner, too. Self’s dissatisfied to have to start out the season this manner, volunteering that super-senior guard Jalen Coleman-Lands is coping with a sore toe as properly, however sees it as giving others an opportunity as properly.
“The best way I take a look at it, basketball’s a protracted season and it’ll present a chance for someone else to, possibly, reveal that they should be on the market extra,” mentioned Self, who famous Coleman-Lands didn’t take part within the scrimmage in opposition to Tulsa and might be coping with the toe damage in some vogue for two-to-three extra weeks. “It’ll put strain on Christian (Braun) and David (McCormack) … to be rebounders, which I don’t assume that we have now been like we’re able to being. It’s positively going so as to add some issues on different individuals’s plate, however I feel over time it might be one thing that advantages us, too.”
Jordan Guskey covers College of Kansas Athletics at The Topeka Capital-Journal. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter at @JordanGuskey.