He's a consensus 3* and ranked #135 in the country according to Rivals, but this highlight video just oozes potential. I'm no rankings guru, but he seems fairly underrated to the untrained eye. I think he may be headed for a redshirt year given his weight (or lack thereof) and the depth at the 4/5 (assuming McGary returns), but I'm really excited to see him play.
2014 MBB Commit DJ Wilson - New Highlight Video
Best part comes at the 1:37 mark.
We used to make moves like that when I was in fifth grade and we played on a 7' rim. Damn. This kid should provide some electricity when he gets up to speed..
Yeah - it does look like that rim is low with how easily he gets above it. He doesn't even seem to jump and he's well above the rim.
but I have seen a Beilein quote that he first thing he determines is if they can shoot. He obviously knows how to get shooters.
That young man has some hops. Can't wait to see him on the court.
he went head to head with Ivan Rabb #1 rated junior in the country and held his own. Though his team lost, Wilson had 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Rabb had 26, 13, and 6.
He is going to be a great Bieline recruit downt he road. They will try to redshirt him but if McGary leaves, it may be difficult to keep him on the bench ala Levert.
*Bee-line. I agree...he's got quite the speed.
These kids coming these past couple years and beyond have great opportunities to come in and earn legit playing time with how we've been sending guys to the league.
show much in this highlight video, but he's got a reputation for being great in catch-and-shoot situations too. That makes him just about perfect to play the 4 in Beilein's offense. Think of all the open corner looks that GR3 got this year, but with a better shooter there. A redshirt would be ideal, just to add weight. High ceiling for him if he can put on 15-20 pounds.
now I just pictured a pot-bellied DJ Wilson dunking viciously on Travis Trice. Fat DJ Wilson can still get up though, in my mind at least.
hopefully, GR3 stays one more year. i could see this kid stepping right in there for GR3 after a redshirt.
I know Beilein has had a few recruiting misses but I can't help but feel every lower ranked kid he brings in is underrated. This is just my opinion but I think Wilson has the highest ceiling of any kid JB has signed at UM. He is 6'9" with extremely long arms and a beautiful jump shot. He is a very good shot blocker, has a strong handle for a kid his size and has shown a vastly improved post game over the last year. I know we missed on a few of the top recruits in this class but I think Wilson and Chatman both have a chance to be future pros.
Plus that hair alone feels like it should be worth at least one star.
cool hair. Places him another three inches plus above the rim.
that would be very impressive considering the current pros beilein has recruited as well as the guys likely jumping to pros in near future. not saying it cant happen but that kid will need to win league or national player of the year and then jump to the nba to reach higher ceiling than current/former beilein players
Ya think? He's a top 25 recruit. Honestly though...it's looking like the majority of the kids Beilein 's bringing in have a shot at the pros.
That fadeaway is just sick. Not a lot of 6-9 guys who can shoot that well from mid range, or off the spin.
This guy is gonna be real good. He seems to have a very advanced above the rim game
he's got too much "linth" to keep on the bench.
I haven't seen any film on DJ until this. Color me impressed. We have been needing a guy that is very aggressive at the rim. Mitch obviously is pretty aggressive underneath, but a kid with DJ's athleticism looks really exciting.
With the sheer amount of High school basketball players, to be the 135 best player in the country is not that bad in my opinion. Our coaches have proven that they can develop talent, and this kid looks like he has some good skill and tons of potential. I knew before Nik Stauskas stepped on the court here that he would be a player. Sometimes you can just see that "it" factor that guys have no matter the ranking.
I think he rises to the top 100 based on his senior season. Regardless of where he ends up, he will be a great player. Does anyone have highlight videos or thoughts on Ricky Doyle?
he's got a strong midrange shot(pau) and good strength(marc). Shorter than the gasols which could force him to get smarter with his game. Favorite move currently seems to be muscle, muscle, dunk. In the B1G those moves are likely getting swatted. Ricky Doyle is a +1 as far as names go. Let's hope Mich has the luxury to RS him like Donnal. Love the idea of the other two frosh getting some burn, though.
- He finishes as a top 100 recruit to Rivals when all is said and done
- He does not redshirt, has a Caris Levert-esque freshman year
- He gets bulked up ala Caris Levert in the offseason between freshman and sophomore year
He is the stretch 4 Caris Levert.
Everyone on the team has called Caris LeVert baby durant...So a stretch 4 Caris LeVert must BE Kevin Durant...
The Rivals rankings haven't been updated since September, so we'll see where Wilson is ranked when they put out their final 2014 rankings in the next couple of weeks. Sam Webb has said that he's been told there's a good chance that Wilson will move into Scout's top 100 when their rankings are updated. Could be another Beilein late riser/underrated prospect.
My imagination, or does it seem like he throws that ball into the basket rather than jams down on the rim. Great idea, especially in practice, if you don't want to risk injury.
Shot blocking - yes. We definitely need just a little fear of blocked shots in our D.
I dont know if this is true where his high school is, but when I played high school basketball in Ohio we were not allowed to touch the rim during warmups before a game or a technical foul would be assessed. So it could be for that reason, or it could be for injury like you said
Yep. Same way in Michigan. That was the reason why I never dunked during warm-ups...
That same rule prevented me from dunking during the game. It had nothing at all to do with my 18" vertical jump on a 6'4" frame. It was the rules dammit, the rules that made it impossible for me to dunk. :)
Had never heard of it before, but the Kansas State-Kentucky NCAA tournament game started with a free throw as a result of a warm-up dunk by a Kansas State walk-on:
Makes zero sense. GR3 throws it down all the time in pre game warmups.
dumb rule? Yes.
I believe the rule is you can't dunk during the pregame period when the clock counts down from 20:00. The dunks that Robinson and other Michigan players have done pregame were in the warmup period before that countdown started.
I believe they actually made mention that you can't dunk after the refs have come out on the floor. They said the dunk occurred just as the refs came out and that is why it was called.
Kid has a ton of athleticism and nice hands. I assume he can shoot (duh) so all he needs now is time with Mr. Sanderson.
IMHO, he's going to be a very good player for Beilein. He doesn't even seem to be going 100% in some of those highlights and still makes the game look easy.
All he needs is a bit more weight...
And a few more inches on the hair to get to full Kid 'n' Play. I want it to be announced "6'9 - 7'3 with the afro...DJ Wilson"
Why doesn't the video show up on the app?
Just pull up some of his highlights on YouTube. Seems to have great passing ability. And he's not afraid to run the floor
He said after his commitment that he thinks he'll start at the three and maybe a bit at the two, so he may not begin as the stretch four some are predicting.
Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't see him as a two at all. And with the way Beilein has played Novak and Robinson in recent years, the four seems a lot more likely.
I thought it was interesting that he said that, though. It may reflect discussions he's had with the coaches. It presumably at least gives us insight into how he sees himself.
It was definitely not Beilein's preference to play Novak and GRIII at the 4. I dont think we've even seen Beilein's ideal system yet, which is incredible.
Right. I'm just saying that if he's willing to play 6'4" and 6'6" guys at the four, then he's probably going to consider playing someone with Wilson's frame at the four, too.
Oops double post.
I don't know about his handle but a 6'9 2 would be ....cool. :)
But Coach B said in a story this week he is a combo forward so 3/4 seems right.
If he can defend the 3 this lineup could look scary with the length they could throw at you on Defense
part-time lineup in 2015-16 when walton is resting on bench:
PG: chapman 6'7
SG: wilson 6'9
SF: irvin 6'6
PF: doyle 6'8
C: donnal 6'9
that would be hilarious, hee haw funny...
Won't Spike be a senior that season?
Levert might still be on the team also.
nephew. Cousin to Nick Stauskus. Used to ride the bus with Lester Abrams and John Wrangler.
Don't you remember, he was up at the Corral one night when we were there... he's a good dancer. You must have seen him ... I was amazed, he does a Marengay... I tell you if I was a girl I'd be impressed.
His success on this team will depend 100% on his ability to appropriately add bulk to that frame. No doubt the talent is there.
Very reminiscent of Jared Jeffries from Indiana.
grabbing some minutes as a true frosh if GRob departs. He can't hold up for long stretches or in a rough B1G game, but he could create matchup issues at the 4 or Beilein could protect him in the 1-3-1 for a while.
Seems like incredibly high ceiling based on the very limited film.
After Sanderson works his magic on him for a year, I think DJ will be a very solid contributor. It would be great to redshirt one of the Wilson/Doyle combo, but we may need bodies next year.
I'm less impressed by the dunk highlights (6'9" with 7'+ wing span *should* be able to dunk well!) than I am with other film that shows a decent outside game that could make him a tough stretch 4 matchup. Or a 3 that can consistently shoot over the top of shorter wings. But he does show decent athleticism on the dunk-a-thon video, so that's always good to see.
This kid is not redshirting. Most freshman aren't strong. This kid is 6'9 with 7ft wingspan and can shoot and run the floor. He will be coming off the bench next year. And he can get stronger over the summer.
Nice! Any chance we could get the occasional recruit that doesn't need to gain 20+ lbs (with the exception of McGary)? I am harkening back to the days of Buch Wade and Richard Reliford. Or even Loy Vaught.
I coach with him at Riverview High in Sarasota! Great guy!
as freshman and definitely arrived with B1G approved physiques. Honeslty, I think Butch should have played football as an insane MIKE. He didn't have the hands to make a great tight end a la Paul Jokisch.
Based on this year's team, I am ok with skinny but talented freshman. Bulk may nice but perhaps an overrated luxury compared to years past.
Loved me some Wade and Rellford. Back in the day I thought Robert Henderson was under weight coming into college. Now a days he'd be considered overweight.
How is his defense?
That was impressive. Dude has a dope haircut and was much more athletic than I was originally expecting.
Thanks for the clip. Of our recent recruiting classes we are getting even longer with Donnal Doyle and DJ. Horford is 6-10 and Morgan 6-8 ("feels like Morgan is taller") but with Mitch, and these 3 we are getting lengthier and more athletic it appears. We do need more dudes to play above the rim and this kid fills the bill.
Wilson has a 7-foot-3 wingspan and will be a versatile addition to the frontcourt. “D.J. is just oozing with potential. He is very skilled and can become an excellent combo forward for us,” Beilein said. “He has great length and can play above the rim because of his athleticism.”
Really looking forward to seeing how Wilson and Donnal fit into Coach B's system these next couple of years. They're not the same player by any means -- Wilson's clearly more athletic (THAT'S RAAAACIIIIST!) -- but both bring a lot of the qualities Beilein seems to want in that stretch 4 spot. Both have the length you'd ideally like at the 4 (unlike GRIII and Novak) and are good shooters and ballhandlers -- and both also seem to have pretty polished post-up games for their age (Donnal particularly, but I was surprised to see in this film of Wilson some nice back-to-the-basket moves as well).
What I love about our hoops program right now is that you know as long as these kids are willing to do the work, Beilein, Jordan, Bacari, and Meyer will get every ounce of potential out of them. I wish I could say the same for the football program...
And Doyle is the true post threat, which is something 80% of college teams seem to lack. If he is a poor man's Randle I'll be tickled. As someone else said, we really have not even seen Beilein's true intentions yet since he is probably just now getting the length he has been seeking.
Don't think Donnal is a good ballhandler. I'd bet he is a 5 at UM.
He can shoot and his frame is a bit narrow for the 5 spot IMO. If he's the biggest guy on the floor, we're going to get beat up in some games. One of the criticisms I heard of him in high school was that even though most of the time he had a big size advantage, he'd settle for outside shots a lot and not attack the basket enough. Just seems like a stretch 4 for sure to me.
I just don't see him coming off of ball screen from the wing, slashing or shooting off of hand-offs.
Real excited to see him after an off season in the weight program. He looks like he will split between the 3/4 spot. Love the length.
Wilson looks like a Brent Petway who can dribble and shoot.
him and the guy state has committed from Muskegon for the year after him will be pretty fun to watch play each other because they are very similar players.
Good grief, THAT guy is our raw, underrated recruit?
Sorry for the double.
I know this has been said, but:
Beilein recruited him = I expect him to be better than his star rating.