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New in Blue: DJ Wilson

October 6th, 2013 by Derick Hutchinson


DJ Wilson – SF | 6-8, 205
ESPN: 3-star Rivals: 3-star, #135 nationally 247: 3-star, #162 nationally Scout: 3-star
Other top offers: Gonzaga, USC, California, Colorado, Boise State, Harvard

DJ Wilson is Michigan's second commitment in a week

John Beilein added another piece to the 2014 recruiting class Sunday when three-star forward DJ Wilson committed to Michigan after spending homecoming weekend in Ann Arbor.

Wilson’s official visit came after trips to Columbia and Gonzaga. The 6’9″ big man underwent a quiet recruiting process due to a back injury that sidelined him for six months. Wilson received offers from many mid-major schools before catching the eye of Beilein in AAU ball. He also had offers from USC, California and Nevada.

The latest addition to the 2014 class fits the mold of a typical Beilein forward. Wilson is a lengthy shooter that can handle the ball pretty well. His value comes from his size, as he can get his jump shot off from anywhere on the court but prefers to do so from beyond the three-point line.

On defense, Wilson’s strength could use some work, as he gets pushed around by bigger offensive players inside. Though that keeps him from being an elite rebounder, Wilson’s length makes him capable on the glass and he has shown the ability to block shots.

Wilson joins a recruiting class that features Austin Hatch, Ricky Doyle and Kameron Chatman. The commitment won’t make as much of a splash as Chatman’s, but Wilson’s upside is tremendous and his elite jump shot gives him a chance to see the court immediately in Beilein’s offense.

Michigan still has two five-star recruits on its board in Indiana decommit James Blackmon Jr. and Devin Booker. Booker took his official visit to Ann Arbor this weekend and will visit Kentucky and Missouri before announcing his decision.