BERKELEY, Calif. -- Ever since committing to Michigan back in October, three-star Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian forward D.J. Wilson has had a bit of a bulls eye on his back.
"I've been seeing that a lot," Wilson said.
On Monday, at Haas Pavilion on the California campus, Wilson found himself a marked man against powerful Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd and 2015 five-star Ivan Rabb.
Wilson was held to just eight shots, and faced double teams on both ends of the floor, even when he wasn't being guarded by the 6-foot-10 Rabb. It was, to say the least, a challenge.
"Ivan is one of the top players in the country, so it's going to be a challenge, but I just needed to play well against him, and I didn't," Wilson said.
Wilson went just 3-for-8 from the field and only got to the line once, going 1-for-2 from the charity stripe.
"That's on me," Wilson said. "I should command the ball. I'm going to Michigan, so that's what I need to do. That's my fault. I don't know exactly what they did, but I know I should get the ball more often and create for myself and create for others."
He did, however, manage to pull down seven rebounds and block one shot. After growing three inches between his junior and senior seasons, he shows not a whit of the awkwardness that one would expect coming in the wake of that kind of growth spurt, but he still isn't quite sure of his own strength, at times. That's something, Wilson said, he has to work on.
"My game has grown a lot, over the past year," Wilson said. "I still, obviously, need to command the ball more and play my game."
Wilson said that his biggest improvement has come down low.
"I think the thing that's improved the most is my athleticism, my size and speed," Wilson said.
On the recruiting front, Wilson said that as soon as he committed to the Wolverines, he put out a broadcast that he wasn't going to waver.
"I'm solid," Wilson said, before adding that no other school has even so much as tried to dissuade him from his intended path.
"Obviously, Wilson has a long way to go physically, and that was pretty apparent in this game, just because he's not ready for a sometimes-dominant post player like Ivan Rabb," said Scout.com West Coast hoops analyst Josh Gershon. "But, the good news is, you could see the progress he's made, annually, over the last few years, and when that strength comes on -- as it will at Michigan -- he has the skill set to ultimately become a really good player for the Wolverines."
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