Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A bit on D.J. Wilson and the NBA draft

Q. I just wanted to get your sense of the Michigan trio, Derrick Walton, Senior, along with Mo Wagner and D.J. Wilson. What can they do at the combine, and again, the two underclassmen not signing with agents, maybe the look for them to come back for their senior seasons?

Jeff Goodman: Yeah, the NBA guys I talked to said, Mo Wagner, come back. Great that he played well at the end of the year, but it was a small sample size, and they said, he’s got good upside, come back, become a better rebounder, become a better defender, but go back to school. D.J., same thing for the most part, but they felt like he did more to justify what he did and testing the process. They felt like he could be a 25 to 40 type guy at the end of the day, but again, almost everyone I talked to said both should come back, Wagner 1,000 percent, and Wilson, if he comes back, they felt like he could really play his way into the first round for sure next year.

Fran Fraschilla: Yeah, I would agree with Jeff on both counts. Neither one of those guys is physically ready for the NBA. And to Jeff’s point, if you take away the 26 points versus Louisville and the good game against Minnesota late in the year, he did not play great the rest of the postseason. D.J. is really interesting because he is the quintessential 3 and D big guy right now. He shoots threes, and he’s got great length to defend. But even he got bullied inside. So both of those guys are not physically ready in my opinion to be in the NBA right now.

D.J. could get drafted in the first round late, but he ain’t playing in an important NBA game for at least a couple years...

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