Jalen Coleman-Lands is a part of our Heartland College Sports Big 12 men’s Top 25 returning players countdown as we get closer to the 2021-22 college basketball season opener.
No. 12: Jalen Coleman-Lands, G, Kansas
Where he left off: Coleman-Lands was at Iowa State last season, and with the Cyclones he was a 2020-21 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection who started 22 of 23 games and averaged 14.3 points per game, which was No. 2 for Iowa State and No. 10 in the Big 12.
He was a quality shooter for the Cyclones last season, leading them with 58 made 3-pointers and third in 3-point shooting with 39.5 percent. He was also one of the conference’s best free-throw shooters at 86.1 percent. He also emerged as a quality defender for a team that won just two games.
Where he’s headed: Coleman-Lands is about to play his seventh season of college basketball (he played at Illinois and DePaul before he transferred to Iowa State last season). He has rare experience at this level, and Kansas can deploy it in various ways. He gives Kansas another quality 3-point option with Ochai Agbaji, Christian Braun and another transfer, Remy Martin. That makes him a good drive-and-kick shooting option, and he has the ability to reciprocate. He’s a solid defender. He can run the point and play off the ball, too. He could start the season on the bench, but don’t be surprised if, at some point, he starts, as he’s a higher-quality guard option than Braun, who could shine just as brightly as a sixth man. But, given Coleman-Lands’ ability to create instant offense, the bench may work just as well.
Top 25 criteria: ONLY players that played in the Big 12 last season were considered. Rankings are based on where players left off at the end of last season, as we are not able to make assumptions about the improvements players have made this offseason.
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Top 25 Returning Players: No. 25 Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua| No. 24 Christian Braun | No. 23 Rondel Walker | No. 22 Umoja Gibson | No. 21 Matthew Alexander-Moncrieffe | No. 20 Nijel Pack | No. 19: Marcus Santos-Silva | No. 18 Mike McGuirl| No. 17 Jalen Bridges | No. 16 Kalib Boone | No. 15 Kevin McCullar | No. 14 Isaac Likekele
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