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D.J. Wilson forgoes final two years at U-M, will remain in NBA Draft

The Wolverines go 1-for-2 in players electing to stay in Ann Arbor.

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D.J. Wilson is chasing his pro dreams.

The Michigan Basketball forward is forgoing his final two seasons in Ann Arbor and will stay in the 2017 NBA Draft, the program announced on Wednesday afternoon.

"This was not an easy decisions, however, I have thought long about the next step in my career over the last few months," said Wilson in a statement. "After many prayers and discussions with my mom, Coach Beilein and the staff, it is the right time for me to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA.

"I am confident I have the drive, work ethic and maturity for this next step. It's never going to be easy, but if I have learned anything at Michigan, perseverance pays off. It has truly been a blessing to have had the opportunity to attend Michigan, and I will forever be grateful to Coach Beilein and his staff for taking the chance on me. There are so many memories over the past three years that I will always cherish. I will be a Wolverine at heart forever. Go Blue!"

Wilson is gambling on himself, but some reports indicate he has a first round guarantee from at least one NBA team. With the league in need of athlete wing players, he fits the bill.

He took a big step forward last season, averaging 11 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. His teammate, Moe Wagner, announced Wednesday that he will remain with the team.

MnB wishes Wilson the best of luck in pursuit of his NBA dreams.