GET TO KNOW 2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS- DJ Wilson


Age: 21
Position: PF
College: Michigan, Sophomore

Measurables
Height w/o Shoes: 6’8 ¾”
Height w/ Shoes: 6’10 ½”
Weight: 234
Wingspan: 7’3”
Standing Reach: 9’1 ½”
Max Vertical: N/A
(Via Draft Express)

College Statistics (2016/2017)
MPG: 30.4
PPG: 11.0
RPG: 5.3
ASTPG: 1.3
BLKPG: 1.5
FT%: 83.3%
2-PT FG%: 63.1%
3-PT FG%: 37.3%

2017 Big Board Ranking
Kevin O’Connor: 21
Chad Ford: 28
Draft Express: 29
Sports Illustrated: 21
CBS Sports: 57

Best-Case Scenario: Tayshaun Prince, Lamar Odom, Perry Jones III

3 Things to Know
1. Light on his feet with a maturing frame
2. Needs to get stronger and more physical
3. Needs to improve defensive instincts and recognition

Strengths
Fluid runner in transition
Light on his feet
Quick trigger and simple shooting mechanics
Great pick and pop threat
Can shoot on the move
Uses his body and footwork well to get pull-ups
Shown good touch on floaters and jump-hooks
Ability to turn and use either shoulder on the block
Uses wingspan for good closeouts
Great asset in switching situations. Get’s low and slides his feet
Still maturing into his frame. Starting to play some 5

Weaknesses
Plays with finesse over finishing hard
Avoids contact and needs to get more physical
Lives off of fade-aways
Doesn’t take advance of switches
Needs to get to the line more
Needs to get stronger with the ball in traffic
Struggles versus more traditional bigs
Needs to add strength to his nice frame
Could improve defensive instincts and recognition
Bites on fakes
Loses focus and sight of the ball on defense at times
Needs to box out and find a body

Summary
DJ Wilson created headlines by staying in this year’s draft by citing that one team had promised him he’d be a first-round selection if available. Whether the rumors are true or not, the sophomore out of Michigan has a lot of tools and upside to make any team excited. He’s a very fluid athlete that is light on his feet and has the ability to find ways to get pull-ups off or use a nice soft touch in the post on jump hooks. Wilson grew up as a wing but his body has starting maturing into a nice frame for a 4, so he has the ability and quickness to defend guards on switches. Wilson will need to improve his strength and physicality at the next level in order to become a successful NBA player. He tends to live off of fadeaways and tries to avoid contact when going to the rim. Heavy ball pressure also causes him to cough the ball up at times. On defense, he needs to improve his instincts and recognition as too many times he turned his head and lost the ball or he was out of position. Wilson’s maturing body and game offer a lot of potential for the team that chooses him in tonight’s draft. Look for Wilson to be selected towards the end of the 1st round.

Draft reports compiled by Garrett Furubayashi and Leif Thulin