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.

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