For over a month now, the puzzle has been trying to be solved on D.J. Wilson who elected to leave Michigan and start his career in the NBA.
After injuring his quad, he said on May 13, “I should be fine within a week or so,” but there was never word from him after and no signs of him working out for NBA teams.
Tonight, you can finally sum it up in two words: mystery solved.
With the 17th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks selected Wilson.
He was the first player in the draft to be taken from the Big Ten Conference.
In John Beilein's tenure at Michigan, he is the ninth player to be drafted. Wilson is also the sixth Wolverine to be drafted in the first-round of the draft in the past five years.
Caris Levert was selected 20th overall last season by Brooklyn. Nik Stauskas (No. 8 Sacramento), Mitch McGary (No. 21 Oklahoma City), Trey Burke (No. 9 Utah), and Tim Hardaway Jr. (No. 24 New York) were the other first-round picks.
Wilson’s marquee performance was against Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan in the Big Ten Tournament when he scored 26 points and snagged eight rebounds.
He went on to put up 17 against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament title game, and then 19 against Oklahoma State in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament. Then 17 against Louisville. He ended his career in the Maize and Blue with 13 points and six boards in the Sweet 16 loss to Oregon.
He wasn't expected to be more than a late-round, 20-30 pick in the draft. Milwaukee had different ideas.
As a senior, Wilson averaged 11 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. For his career, the numbers are lower in each category (7.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1 block per).
Wilson can shoot the 3-pointer from deep range at the height of 6-foot-10, while controlling the ball off the dribble and he has the ability to finish at the rim. His length and athletic ability are what really wow most people.
The Sacramento, California native has dealt with a series of injuries since his high school playing days.
In 2012, when Wilson was attending Capital Christian High School, he missed an entire summer recruiting cycle with a stress fracture to the fifth lumbar vertebrae in his lower back. Then in his junior season, he missed key stretches due to lingering pain. Then a resurgent summer before his senior year got his recruiting level back up, which was the main reason he ended up at Michigan.
In 2014-15 as a freshman with the Wolverines, he had a knee injury that held him out most of the season. The next year, he averaged just over six minutes per game and was outright benched 10 games.
To start the 2016-17 season, he didn't start the first two games. He had to prove that he could be a starter and use his skill set at a college basketball level in a physical conference like the Big Ten.
Now, he's going to be playing at the highest level of basketball in the world.
The other two Wolverines that were in the NBA Draft process, Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton Jr. have not yet been drafted.