ESPN did its early projections for 2018 and made the bold statement that DJ Wilson is a “foregone conclusion” to enter the NBA draft. I think this is wrong and dumb, DJ Wilson clearly isn’t ready for the NBA. One more year, like his last season, could make him a lottery pick…leaving would be a gross miscalculation.
Here is the ESPN prediction for Michigan:
No matter how good a prospect you are, it can be easy to get lost in Kentucky’s annual NBA churn. Former Kentucky guard Charles Matthews found refuge from this uncertainty with a transfer to Michigan, and he’ll take the floor for coach John Beilein next season. The timing couldn’t be better, as Michigan will lose heart-and-soul point guard Derrick Walton Jr., as well as senior off-guard Zak Irvin. (Xavier Simpson and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman will help in this regard.) Forward D.J. Wilson‘s game flourished down the stretch to the point that the NBA seems like a foregone conclusion, and that’s a heavy blow, at least relative to the opportunity cost of a fully realized Wilson back on a college floor for one more season. Still, forward Moritz Wagner — himself an intriguing draft prospect — could excel with more touches.
This is another case of a non-local “journalist” yapping. Just like “Harbaugh isn’t coming to Michigan.”