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D.J. Wilson says time is right to achieve NBA dreams

The forward says it's the right time for him to pursue the NBA.

The news broke on Wednesday that D.J. Wilson was expected to announce that he remain in the NBA Draft and leave Michigan.

That report has been officially confirmed with a press release from the program.

"This was not an easy decision, however, I have thought long about the next step in my career over the last few months," Wilson said in a statement. "After many prayers and discussions with my mom, Coach Beilein and the staff, it is the right time for me to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA.I am confident I have the drive, work ethic and maturity for this next step. It's never going to be easy, but if I have learned anything at Michigan, perseverance pays off. It has truly been a blessing to have had the opportunity to attend Michigan and I will forever be grateful to Coach Beilein and his staff for taking the chance on me. There are so many memories over the past three years that I will always cherish. I will be a Wolverine at heart forever. Go Blue!"

Wilson also confirmed the news on his Twitter account.

https://twitter.com/Lanky_Smoove/status/867448699957288960

Wilson could potentially become the eighth Wolverine drafted during head coach John Beilein's tenure in Ann Arbor. The program could also see back-to-back drafts with a player being selected in the first round, with Caris LeVert being picked No. 20 overall by the Brooklyn Nets in last year's draft.

"D.J. and our coaching staff worked very hard over the last month to get as much information as possible on his draft status," Beilein said in a statement. "Given the data and insight we received, D.J. is confident he is ready to take the next step in his basketball career. We love D.J. and he will always be a Michigan Wolverine. His development over the past three seasons, and particularly this past season, was phenomenal. With continued work, he shows great potential to improve in a similar manner in the NBA. We wish him and his family the very best and we will always be rooting for him during this draft process and for all the years to come."

Wilson's departure opens up an extra scholarship spot for the Wolverines.


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