So I turn the game on with 13:24 left in the first half…recorded it as I was catching up on some work, and of course the previous game is running over so I miss the first 6 minutes.
10 seconds in I see DJ Wilson hit a stepback jumpshot off the dribble from the right wing. A few seconds later I see DJ make a great rotation that leads to a steal. Later DJ holds his ground on the block before blocking a shot. DJ then uses his pivot effectively to lose his man, which leads to a baseline jumpshot. Wilson would later throw a really nice dime from the top of the key for an easy layup for a teammate. Later DJ knocked down a catch and shoot 3 from the right corner.
DJ’ final stat line might not be insane, but the versatility he showed today was really impressive in my opinion.
But for me the most impressive occurrence today came with 12:31 remaining in the second half. DJ received the ball in the right corner, proceeded to bully Thomas Bryant to the rim, forcing him to foul. Bryant then tried to swipe the ball from DJ in an effort to punk him, before DJ swatted his arm away and grimmed him eye to eye.
At that point I said to myself (and mods please excuse me here)…that’s what the fuck I’m talking about DJ.
Now there were moments were DJ was punked on the glass this game and in the post as well, but those are the type of encouraging signs were you see growth mentally…a player that was once a charmin boy all the way around now using his size to his advantage rather than settling all the time.
I was not a fan of DJ Wilson out of high school, and didn’t like the pickup for Michigan. I said he wouldn’t contribute until his third year, and he didn’t. I thought DJ would be a 7point and 3-4 rebound per game guy as junior/RS sophomore when he committed. Never in my wildest dreams did I think he would an 11point 6 rebound per game guy as a third year player, and damn sure not after the garbage he displayed his first 2 years.
Hats off to you DJ, you’ve become my favorite player on the roster.