Michigan forward D.J. Wilson hopes to bring aggression to the boards in critical early season challenge against Marquette.

Michigan forward D.J. Wilson hopes to bring aggression to the boards in critical early season challenge against Marquette.

One of the real surprises in Michigan's early season is the production of D.J. Wilson.

At 6-foot-10, Wilson added some weight in the off-season, able to play on the perimeter, factoring into the game in the paint.

In the season opener against Howard, Wilson scored nine-points and added eight rebounds off the bench.

Game two against IUPUI, Wilson's minutes spiked up to 30, finishing with seven-points but a game high 14 rebounds.

Reason for the change?

"Kind of changing my mindset," Wilson said. "Becoming more aggressive because I feel like that's something I realized we needed to have a good year this year, better than last year."

Used to reeling in 20 plus rebounds a game during his prep career, Wilson says it's not just his mentality that has been altered, but the entire group of Wolverines following an NCAA tournament elimination at the hands of Notre Dame last March.

"We watched a lot of film from the past season and we realized that we're deficient in the rebounding area," he said. "And that's something I can bring and needed to bring."


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