After growing three inches and recovering from swelling in his back – an injury directly due to his growth spurt, which kept him out of AAU games early this summer – Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian wing D.J. Wilson has quickly become one of the more intriguing prospects available for the 2014 class.
Earlier this month, California coaches – including skipper Mike Montgomery -- saw Wilson in person at the Battle at the Beach in Redondo Beach, Calif., and saw just what kind of upside Wilson has.
He played hard, scored on the offensive glass, hit threes off the catch and while a still a bit of a physical project, has the makings of a solid mid-to-high major contributor.
"I've prepared for this while I was hurt. The rehab and all the work that I put in are finally paying off," Wilson said.
Recently, Wilson got a call from Montgomery, and knows that the Bears are interested.
"I'm familiar a little bit, because I've been there a couple times for their team camp, and I've researched some things and looked at some things online," Wilson said. "I've had a tour of the campus and the facility last year at the team camp, so I'm familiar with that and the coaches, for the most part."
Wilson has been on the same AAU team – Team Superstar – as another Cal target: Malik Pope. With Pope out of commission this summer while still recuperating from a broken leg, the team has had to find a way to make up for his scoring.
"As a team, we did, but not one individual," Wilson said. "Me and Malik, I didn't really take his role. Last year , we played on the team and we played together. There was a point guard, there was us – the two wings – and there were two bigs. I didn't really take his role or anything. I just played my same position as before."
With interest now from USC, Nevada, Colorado, Cal and Boise, Wilson is starting to think about where he wants to take a few visits.
"Probably, once I sit down and organize all of my visits and stuff. It'll probably be coming pretty soon," he said.
One of those visits will almost certainly be to Berkeley. It's only an hour and a half away, after all.
"They tell me that they want me to come down for a visit and see the campus and the facility and stuff, and that they like me," Wilson said of the Bears coaching staff. "I'm probably going to just take my time and not rush anything."
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