6’9” 220 LBS F
38 G | 30.4 MPG | 11.0 PPG | 53.8 FG% | 37.3 3FG% | 41 3FG | 83.3 FT% | 5.3 RPG | 1.3 APG | 1.5 BPG
• Holding a captive audience in the final hours before the NBA’s May 24th early entry candidate deadline passed, Wilson ultimately chose to keep his name in the 2017 draft pool. After battling injuries at the outset of his stint at Michigan, the forward made positive strides during each of his final two collegiate seasons, his run in Ann Arbor culminating this past year with his strongest efforts to-date. He set personal-best statistical marks in virtually pertinent category, and finished the campaign third in the Big 10 in total blocks (57). The highly-efficient Wilson also generated an offensive rating of 123.9, third overall in the conference.
• Wilson was arguably at his best while assuming four-man duties during the most memorable stretch of the Wolverines’ resilient, admirable season. Beginning with the club’s Big 10 Tournament opener versus Illinois March 9th, the 21-year old set out on a spurt that saw him reach double figures in six of Michigan’s final seven games, all of which were post-season tilts. Wilson, who came off the bench twice to start the year, also registered a minimum of five rebounds in five of these contests. Overall this season, he manufactured four double-doubles, a pair of 20-point performances, and occasionally showed off a stroke. The steady two-way contributor not only put up respectable 3-point numbers, but converted 38.8 percent (40-103) of his total catch-and-shoot opportunities.
• Throughout his playing career, dating back to his high school days in California, Wilson has been dogged a bit by injuries. As a freshman at Michigan, he dealt with finger and knee issues, which resulted in him missing all but five games in November. In the run up to this year’s NBA draft combine, it was reported that Wilson hurt his quadriceps while visiting with the San Antonio Spurs.
Did You Know?:
According to Michigan’s official website, Wilson, whose first name is DeVante, was given the middle name of ‘Jalen’ in honor of former Wolverine standout Jalen Rose, of Fab Five fame. Wilson also sported the Maize and Blue’s number ‘5’ uniform, the same jersey that Rose wore.
Quote of Note:
“It’s always been a dream of mine [to play in the NBA], I’ve always had the confidence. I definitely think during the Big 10 Tournament run that we went on, and how well I was playing, this opportunity would come eventually.” – Wilson, NBA Draft Combine [5/12/2017]