Michigan's DJ Wilson stays in NBA Draft as early entrant

Posted at 3:14 PM, May 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-24 19:51:49-04

D.J. Wilson announced he is leaving Ann Arbor and entering the 2017 NBA Draft.

Michigan released the news Wednesday afternoon.

 "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," Wilson said via statement.

U-M head coach John Beilein and the coaching staff have been meeting with Wilson about his decision.

"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," Beilein said. 

The 6'10" forward averaged 11.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game this past season.