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D. J. Wilson
20170301 NW-UM D. J. Wilson attacks the rim.jpg
No. 5 – Milwaukee Bucks
Position Power forward / Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1996-02-19) February 19, 1996 (age 22)
Mount Shasta, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 231 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school Capital Christian
(Sacramento, California)
College Michigan (2014–2017)
NBA draft 2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Playing career 2017–present
Career history
2017–present Milwaukee Bucks
2018Wisconsin Herd
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

DeVante Jaylen "D. J." Wilson (born February 19, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Michigan Wolverines and completed his junior season for the 2016–17 team. He was drafted 17th overall in the 2017 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Early life[edit]

At Capital Christian School in Sacramento, Wilson endured a fifth lumbar vertebra stress fracture, which sidelined him during the summer of 2012 and part of his junior season, which caused him to lose the attention of some recruiters.[1] He spent three months in a back brace from his hips to his chest.[2] By the middle of his junior season, he completed a 1-year 5-inch growth spurt that took him to a height of 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m). By June 2013, he had recovered enough to tally 22 points and 8 rebounds against Ivan Rabb at a California Golden Bears camp event at Haas Pavilion. Soon thereafter, Michigan and other schools began recruiting him. The defending 2013 national runner-up Wolverines hosted him (and Devin Booker) during the first weekend of October 2013 and he accepted Michigan over offers from USC, Gonzaga, Northwestern, and Harvard.[1] Wilson signed his National Letter of Intent with Michigan on November 13, 2013, with the expectation that Jordan Morgan would graduate from the 2013–14 Wolverines team and both Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary would enter the 2014 NBA draft. At the time of his signing, he was believed to be the first Sacramento area player to ever sign with a Big Ten Conference school.[2] Wilson posted 29 points for Capital Christian School against Rabb and Bishop O'Dowd High School in the Northern California Open Division championship loss on March 22, 2014.[3] After having committed to Michigan as the 135th ranked prospect of the national class of 2014 in October 2013, Wilson's ranking rose to 86th by April 2014 according to Rivals.[4]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
D. J. Wilson
SF/PF
Sacramento, CA Capital Christian (CA) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Oct 6, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 68, 14 (PF)   Rivals: 86  ESPN: 41 (PF), 14 (CA)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Michigan 2014 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  • "2014 Michigan Basketball Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  • "2014 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2017-04-05.

College career[edit]

2014–15 season[edit]

Prior to the 2014–15 season, Wilson had surgery on his little finger,[5] and he was sidelined during some of the offseason and the August 15 — 24 four-game exhibition tour of Italy.[6] Upon his arrival, he was diagnosed with valgus deformity ("knock-kneed"), and his neuromuscular therapy would eventually increase his vertical jump by 8 inches (20 cm) during his college career.[7] During the fifth game of the season for the 2014–15 team against Villanova in the 2014 Legends Classic, Wilson was injured when he was blocked and knocked down on a slam dunk attempt against Dylan Ennis. He was sidelined due to a sprained knee and eventually missed the remainder of the season. Ennis later transferred to play at Oregon.[8][9]

2015–16 season[edit]

On December 19, 2015, Michigan defeated Youngstown State 105–46 with Wilson contributing 12 points on 5–6 shooting. The 59-point win was the second largest in school history.[10][11][12] Although Wilson appeared in 26 games for the 2015–16 Wolverines, he only played as many as 10 minutes 5 times. Nevertheless, he finished second on the team in blocked shots with 10, including two in a January 12, 2016 upset of (#3/#3) Maryland.[13][14] It was Michigan's first win over a top-three nationally ranked opponent at Crisler Center since the 1997–98 team defeated No. 3 Duke,[15] 81–73, on December 13, 1997.[16][17]

2016–17 season[edit]

In the January 1 Big Ten conference opener against Iowa, Wilson posted a career-high 28 points and 14 rebounds in a 83–86 overtime loss.[18][19] On February 19, Wilson posted a team-high 16 points, including a game-tying three point field goal, in an overtime 78–83 loss to Minnesota.[20][21] On March 10, Michigan defeated (#12/#13) Purdue 74–70 in overtime during the quarterfinals of the 2017 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament. Michigan was led by Wilson with 8 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and a game-high 26 points,[22][23] which was the second highest single-game scoring performance of the tournament (trailing teammate Derrick Walton's 29-point performance the following day).[24] Wilson averaged 15.3 points per game for Michigan's four games during the Big Ten Tournament, helping the 2016–17 Wolverines emerge as the champion.[25] Wilson averaged 16 points, 3 blocks and 4.3 rebounds in three 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament games, helping Michigan reach the round of sixteen, where the team was eliminated by Ennis' 2016–17 Oregon Ducks.[26][27] In the NCAA tournament wins against Oklahoma State[28] and Louisville,[29] Wilson went a combined 6–6 from the free throw line in the final 30 seconds of play. His overall averages for 7 postseason games was 15.6 points on 53.8% field goal shooting with 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks.[30] He finished the season as the team's leading rebounder and shot blocker with overall averages of 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.[31][7] His 203 rebounds were the most by a Wolverine since Mitch McGary 4 years earlier and his 57 blocks were the most in nine seasons (Ekpe Udoh).[32]

Following the 2017 NCAA Tournament, he began to appear in various mock draft projections for the 2017 NBA draft. On April 4, 2017, Sports Illustrated projected him as first round selection,[33] and ESPN analyst Eamonn Brennan stated that his awaited decision to enter the draft "seems like a foregone conclusion".[34] The local press that covers Michigan, made little mention of the possibility of Wilson departing, however, according to SB Nation's Anthony Broome.[35] At the time, some early pollsters included the 2017–18 Wolverines among the expected preseason top 25 teams,[34][36] while several pollsters omitted the team from their rankings projections.[37][38][39][40][41][42] On April 10, both Wilson and teammate Moe Wagner declared for the draft, but did not hire agents, which gave them until May 24 to withdraw their names and retain their athletic eligibility to return to Michigan.[43] Declaring early allowed him to seek advice from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee by the April 14 application deadline, participate in workouts with NBA teams beginning April 25 and this made him eligible for an invitation to the May 9 — 14 NBA Draft Combine.[44] 57 of the 78 players who declared for the 2016 NBA draft without hiring an agent withdrew their names.[45] On April 30, 2017, Jeff Goodman of ESPN reported that he was invited to the NBA Draft Combine.[46] During the week prior to the NBA Combine, Wilson injured his quadriceps during a workout with the San Antonio Spurs, relegating him to taking part in physical measurements and interviews.[47][48] Analysts were skeptical about Wilson's readiness for the 2017 draft.[49][50] Wilson stated during combine interviews that he would not remain in the draft unless he was assured of being a first-rounder and was projected as a late first round selection by sources such as ESPN and DraftExpress.[30] On May 24, Wilson announced he would remain in the draft, ending his Michigan career despite two years of remaining eligibility.[31]

Professional career[edit]

Milwaukee Bucks (2017–present)[edit]

On June 22, 2017, Wilson was drafted 17th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2017 NBA draft.[32][51] Wilson joined a Bucks team that had a short-term hole to fill at power forward as Jabari Parker recovered from a torn ACL.[52] Wilson was the first of four 2016–17 Big Ten Conference players selected in the draft.[53][54] Wilson signed a rookie scale contract on July 6, the eve of the Bucks' first game in the 2017 NBA Summer League.[55] Wilson debuted on October 20, 2017 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but did not score or post any other stats.[56] Wilson posted his first rebound on October 29 against the Atlanta Hawks and his first four points against the Oklahoma City Thunder two days later.[57][58] During the season the Bucks assigned Wilson to their NBA G League affiliate Wisconsin Herd multiple times.[59][60][61][62][63][64]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Milwaukee 22 0 3.2 .563 .400 .500 .5 .1 .1 .0 1.0
Career 22 0 3.2 .563 .400 .500 .5 .1 .1 .0 1.0

NBA G League[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Winsconsin 11 11 32.5 .471 .340 1.000 5.6 2.4 .8 .6 15.9
Career 11 11 32.5 .471 .340 1.000 5.6 2.4 .8 .6 15.9

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014–15 Michigan 5 0 4.8 .250 .000 1.2 .0 .0 .6 .4
2015–16 Michigan 26 0 6.1 .474 .333 .727 .7 .3 .2 .4 2.7
2016–17 Michigan 38 36 30.4 .538 .373 .833 5.3 1.3 .5 1.5 11.0
Career 69 36 19.4 .525 .363 .817 3.3 .8 .4 1.0 7.1

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