D.J. Wilson is keeping his name in the 2017 NBA Draft, Michigan announced Wednesday. It was first reported by Draft Express. The decision ends his basketball career in Ann Arbor.
— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) May 24, 2017
Wilson later tweeted out this statement:
— D.J. Wilson (@Lanky_Smoove) May 24, 2017
Wilson departs for the pros after two seasons in Ann Arbor, and he took until Wednesday’s deadline to make his decision. Wilson declared for the draft in April without hiring an agent, keeping his eligibility intact should he want to return. His Wednesday announcement means he’ll now have an agent to help guide him through the remainder of the draft process.
Wilson’s draft stock shot up during Michigan’s improbable Big Ten Tournament championship run and ensuing NCAA Tournament showing. He finished his sophomore season averaging 11 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, and is a high-upside prospect for a team willing to working with an athletic 6-foot-10 wing.
Wilson said earlier this month that he’d pass on the draft if he isn’t going to be a first-round pick, but he’s currently No. 30 on DraftExpress’ 2017 mock draft, up from No. 34 when he declared in April.
While Wilson is moving on, teammate Moe Wagner decided to return to Michigan for the 2017-18 season.