D.J. Wilson takes the Wolverines up on offer

Michigan scored a commitment this weekend from versatile 2014 forward D.J. Wilson. The 6-8 Sacramento native has had Michigan as his leader for quite some time, and he tells GBW just why Michigan is the college for him.

On Sunday morning, in the presence of his mom, Coach John Beilein, and assistant coaches Lavell Jordan and Bacari Alexander D.J. Wilson had an announcement to make.

"It was during breakfast over at Coach Beilein's house," Wilson told GoBlueWolverine. "I walked into the room and Coach Beilein said, 'Is there anything you want to tell me'? I told him I would like to take you up on your offer and commitment to Michigan! The coaching staff was really happy. My mom was a little emotional but she was happy as well. We hugged all the coaches and they were really happy. It felt great to commit to Michigan."

The offer that Wilson took Coach Beilein up on was from a conversation the two had a month ago. That is when Coach Beilein went out to Sacramento Capital Christian to take a look at him during open gym.

"Coach told me that he was impressed with the way I played,and that if I come out to Michigan for a visit I would have an offer waiting on me. I knew I was coming. The visit was really good and I committed."

During his recruiting process Wilson wanted the best of both worlds -- a college that had great academics and athletics. On Friday, his host was Jon Horford and they had a chance to talk about one of those issues that is important to him.

"Jon is a cool guy and a smart guy. We had a chance to talk academic which is very important to me. I had the opportunity to ask questions about academics, scheduling, and classes. That really helped me on the visit."

Later on that day he was able to be around the team and get a better feel for what he was getting into. Wilson was very pleased with what he experienced.

"The players have a lot of personality -- the way they mesh together and get along. There were no players trying to separate themselves from the group. I was hanging around Glenn Robinson and Mitch McGary, and those guys have no egos whatsoever. They are a real close team, they are like brothers."

On Saturday, Wilson went to see his future teammates practice and came away impressed with what he saw out on the floor.

"I was looking at Glenn Robinson and just how athletic he is out on the court. Glenn is not the most vocal guy, he is real mellow and calm, but he leads by example. He is really good. I always knew that Nik Stauskas could shoot but I was surprised at his athletic ability. I liked watching Caris LeVert and his the way he handles the ball -- he is shifty with it; he reminds me Jamal Crawford."

Wilson was able to hang out with another recruit very familiar to Michigan fans and those that follow basketball recruiting daily.

"That was my first time meeting Devin Booker. He is a real cool guy. We talked about recruiting and where his next visit might be. He had a good time up there."

With assistant coach LaVall Jordan playing point on Wilson's recruitment, he also had help on the low block from assistant coach Bacari Alexander.

"Coach LaVall Jordan is cool. I have a good relationship with him and he was interested in what was going on with me as well as helping during my recruitment. Coach Bacari Alexander meant a lot on this trip -- he is real fun and a character. I could tell that a lot of the players trust him and talk with him about things other than basketball."

After watching practice, being around the players, and the coaching staff, it was apparent the direction Wilson was going in.

"During the football game on Saturday and hanging with the players I felt like this is where I want to be. When I came back from being with the guys, me and mom talked -- and we expressed to each other how much we liked things at Michigan. But we decided to pray on it until Sunday. When I woke up the next morning I had a smile on my face and I knew I was going to commit to Michigan."

The academics, basketball, players, coaches, campus: it was all good for him this weekend, seeing it up close and personal. For Wilson, one particular point that the staff has made over the years really hit him.

"I was impressed with Michigan's player development and how they have really helped a lot of their players to be better out on the floor. I look at Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway, Glenn Robinson and Caris Levert -- those guys can play and were not highly rated coming out of high school. I had a chance to talk to Glenn and Caris (Saturday's host) about that and they told me what the program did for them and how it motivated them to get better. I can see how the strength and conditioning program has really helped Caris to get him ready for this year. That's what really impressed me about Michigan it is the way they develop players. Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway are first round picks from the draft last year. Next year Glenn Robinson and Mitch McGary have the same opportunity as well."

Now that he is committed to the Wolverines, Wilson's focus shifts to his senior year and the future awaiting him in Ann Arbor.

"I am looking forward to my senior year and helping my team. I am also looking to the experience I will have once I get into college. I would like to play in the NCAA tournament, and it is important that I get my degree from Michigan."

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