DJ Wilson Highlights

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Watch recent Michigan commitment DJ Wilson in the highlight video below. For more footage, check out our commitment post or video evaluation.

  • Jersey Jay

    Athletically he is not GRIII but he is also not Smots. With that being said I am pleased with this signing. He will develop and contribute here at UM.

    • jblair52

      haha I was thinking the same thing. Whoever compared him to Smot was crazy. I don’t remember Smot throwing down reverse dunks, 360’s, put backs, or alley-oops quite like that!!!

      • kam

        or.. at all haha

      • mattD

        Certainly more hops than Smot, I’ve always maintained that. However, let’s be honest here, it doesn’t take much to be bouncier than Smot. Furthermore, at 6’9 shoud you not be able to do a reverse dunk or 360? It’s not as if those are great accomplishments at the high school level when you have that type of size advantage.

        • jblair52

          If he couldn’t – that would be concerning, sure.

          He’s not Smot and if you don’t see athleticism brewing in him then that’s fine.

    • jkuofm27

      But I would say that GRIII’s lack of size (6’6) was really not a great fit at 4. With the chemistry and make up of our team last year it worked, but was not ideal. Kind of like if we had to have Chatman there. It could work, but not be ideal. Wilson seems like a better fit for the 4, especially with the previously mentioned weight gain.

      To your point, GRIII’s athleticism made it work, but Wilson’s size I think can make up for any loss of athleticism. Being 5’10, I’m painfully aware of how much of a difference a few inches on the basketball court can make. One of my favorite statements to make about some guys is “if he was 6’2 he wouldn’t be in the league”, but that is what size does for you.

  • rick dunaway

    told you guys he was better than gantham

  • Fresh

    if he can add 20 lbs and learn to play defense then he will be more valuable than anybody at the 4 in the last ___ yrs. obviously he is long and can alter shots. He should be an excellent 4 man offensively at michigan, the defensive/rebounding aspect is what will make him a special player

  • Kenny

    Anyone know his birthday? He looks young in his class and will take time to fill in his frame.

  • FL Wolve

    He looks very athletic for a PF to me. I thought I read where he lacked lateral quickness but he looks quick enough to guard any 4. Obviously, he’s going to struggle playing some of the beefier 4s in the league.

  • guestavo

    Video makes MattD look silly. All his analysis is now null and void.

    • kam

      agreed man! He was saying how He was like Smot, slow and un athletic. if this kid gains 20 pounds in the next 2 years he will be a very good player!

      • mattD

        If you are comparing this kid to Daye, and denying the fact that Daye is slow………..well, I guess I feel sorry for you. Daye, is literally one of the slowest player in the NBA, and also one of the most unathletic players.

        • guestavo

          And yet, Daye is an NBA player. There is only one Lebron, everyone else has weaknesses.

          • mattD

            What is your point? Every player on earth has weaknesses, including Lebron James. In terms of scoring, the only player on earth with no weakness is Kobe Bryant. He has every tool – great footwork, good ballhandling, shooting ability from both the mid range and 3, best post game in the NBA for a guard. Lebron James has average footwork, average ball handling, and essentially no post game. He is a freak athlete that goes through, around, or over players that are simply not in the same stratosphere athletically. But his skill set does have room for improvement. He has improved his shot by a wide margin though.
            That being said, some weaknesses are more glaring than others.

          • guestavo

            Adequate is good enough for me.

    • mattD

      My analysis “null and void”? As I said before, I fully support DJ now that he is on board, so I will limit my response to hyprocrisy and the lack of objectivity.
      I pose this question to you Great Guestavo – what makes your analysis of Wilson superior to anyone considering that you have viewed no more/no less film relative to anyone on this board?
      Tell me that sir, I would love to know.
      Bottom line is this, we all have opinions, some more objective than others and backed with specific examples that tend to support an argument. Other opinions, are just that, with no corroboration to evidence that an argument or opinon tends to be true.

    • Mattski

      I think you all can let this one go now. If you are fairly new to this place just let me say that there has always been a great spirit here, and a lot of smart people–who I have learned tons from–commenting about bball. Help keep that spirit strong, please.

  • kam

    LOLOL where is Matt D who said he is like shot??? you were wrong

    • mattD

      I’m still saying that – what’s your point? Wait, let me guess, some of the boarrd member like Wilson’s film so therefore he is great.
      Give me a break, give some independent analysis of your own. This bandwagon thing is embarrasing. It’s ok to have opinons of your own, you do realize this?

      • kam

        my analysis would be he has more length than Smot, He’s is quicker, more athletic and can become a far better defender! Smot is a better pure outside shooter. I really don’t see any comparison. The video just clarified what i already thought.

        • mattD

          I agree with all your points to the extent that Wilson is superior to Smot, but it’s all relevant – there are not many people on earth within a similar age group, let alone D1 basketball players, that aren’t superior to Smot from an athletic standpoint. Anybody CAN be a good defender, the true question to be asked is what is the probability of that actually coming to fruition? Wilson’s film reflects a lack of physicality and aggressiveness along with suspect lateral movement, neither of which are things you associate with good defense. Wilson himself admits that he needs to essentially stop being soft and gain agility in terms of speed. My analysis can’t be that far off if Wilson himself is willing to concur that improvement is needed in those areas.

          • guestavo

            The first step to improving is recognizing your weaknesses and putting in the hours. He is 17 years old… give him a break. If he is still exhibiting these weaknesses come his junior year then there will be cause for concern.

          • mattD

            At least you are semi-conceding that athleticism may be an issue with Wilson!
            In all honesty though, I’m just fearful of a situation where Wilson becomes a detriment on the defensive side of the ball to the extent that his offensive abilities won’t be able to negate his shortcomings on defense. That being said, he is better than Smot in both lateral movement and jumping ability, so it won’t be that extreme if it is a problem. But understand, that I don’t want the problem at all. I honestly think that rebounding/toughness should be priority #1 for this program, it is the ONLY thing preventing us from being truly elite. We have enough outside shooting, we need an interior presence on both ends to keep the defense honest on our shooters and to clean the glass and alter shots in the paint.

          • guestavo

            I don’t know man. If the offense is deadly enough, it will get us far every year. We can become to offense, what Syracuse is to defense. Small ball hurts NBA teams like Miami and Steve Nash’s Suns but they overcame the rebounding/ defensive issues. Our length can mask any weaknesses in a zone like a Syracuse or a 2011 Dallas Mavericks, as well.

          • mattD

            I ask this question – how deadly can the offense be without a true post presence? 3 point shooting will come and go from game to game, you need an alternative at some point. We were able to mitigate that last year because we were such a good transition team with good athletes (ie THJ) and great athletes (ie GRIII) in conjunction with the best PG in college basketball. When the game slows down (think OSU/MSU), all of a sudden you need that grittiness.

          • guestavo

            That’s only a concern in the Big Ten.

          • mattD

            Now that is a valid point, because quite honestly, Big Ten refs simply don’t call fouls unless it is blatant for the most part. Craft is a great defender and all, but that guy fouls on at least 50% of possessions, and yet no whistle.
            The tourney is officiated similar to the NBA, they don’t allow much contact that impedes the offensive player’s freedom of movement. I actually think the tourney better suits our style of play as we seen last year.
            I have to say though, from a personal standpoint, nothing irks me more than getting flat out punked by MSU, and I can foresee that happening again becaue we primarily recruit finesse players.

          • guestavo

            Yeah, MSU and Wisconsin will be our kryptonite but boy doesn’t it feel good if we get farther year in and year out with higher rated recruits?

          • mattD

            Just hate the whole “only because you didn’t play us” argument that ensues after we advance further in the tourney but get manhandled by MSU during conference play.

          • guestavo

            I agree

          • Well they had the best offense in the country last year without a post threat offensively.

          • mattD

            Point taken, although I’m pretty sure we had the third best offense last year in terms of PPP, but I also think Pomeroy utlizes other facts for an overall efficiency rating.
            My question is this – you can score like that, but can you WIN like that year after year?

          • It was No. 1 per Ken Pom’s adjusted PPP (offensive efficiency) measure.

  • guestavo

    If you guys want to understand why I say he is the next Austin Daye http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Austin-Daye-1316/

    • kam

      He is almost identical to him, but he’s a little shorter(could still grow) but also prolly more athletic! i watched austin daye your comparison is spot on. This kid has all the tools. just needs to add a few pounds IMO and I’m not usually one to harp on adding weight

      • guestavo

        Yeah, I still he has an inch or so in him. Hopefully Beilein gave him a weight lifting regimen to go home with lol

        • kam

          haha yeah, i mean id think the coaches would say hey, work on getting stronger this year and get used to weights. That way when he comes in he will be ready. chatman at 6’7 would struggle at the 4 IMO

  • maquih

    Anybody know his vertical? He looks like he floats in the air for seconds!