Nets ink 2023 NBA draft pick Jalen Wilson to two-way contract

The Nets have signed Jalen Wilson, the team’s pick at No. 51 in the draft, to a two-way contract, the team announced on Wednesday.

The terms of the deal were not immediately clear.

The former Kansas star is one of three players the Nets selected in the 2023 draft and the first to sign.

They had back-to-back picks in the first round, Nos. 21 and 22, with which they selected Noah Clowney out of Alabama and Dariq Whitehead from Duke.

NBA teams are allowed to have up to three players under two-way contracts.

Wilson is expected to spend the bulk of the 2023-24 season in the G League.

Players under two-way deals are not allowed to spend more than 45 days with their NBA team, according to the G League’s website.

Nets draftee Jalen Wilson stands for a photo at a press conference to introduce the Brooklyn Nets draft picks
Wilson starred at Kansas, helping the Jayhawks to a 2022 national title.
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Wilson, 22, played four seasons at Kansas and was an integral part of the Jayhawks’ 2021-22 national championship team.

He emerged as the team’s leader and top scorer this past season — averaging 20.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 43 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from 3-point range.

A Texas native, Wilson was a consensus All-American First Team member last season.

He also won the Julius Erving Award, given annually to the best small forward in the nation.

“[I] think my time at school gave me a lot of different experiences, taught me a lot of different things. I was able to do a lot of different roles,” Wilson recently told reporters, “and I just use that to my advantage — being able to come in and play a specific role.

“I was able to do that on a championship team and was able to do that last year as well in a different role with being the older guy on the team.

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game
Wilson is the first of the Nets’ 2023 NBA Draft picks to sign.

“I look at this as an opportunity to come in and be able to do whatever I’m asked to do.

“I’ve been asked to do a lot of different things in my career at Kansas, so I’ll be well prepared to do that here.”

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