Bucks Pick D.J. Wilson No. 17 in 2017 NBA Draft to Join Giannis Antetokounmpo

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2017

Michigan's D.J. Wilson celebrates after hitting a 3-point basket during the second half of a first-round game against Oklahoma State in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 17, 2017, in Indianapolis. Michigan won 92-91. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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The Milwaukee Bucks once again produced one of the more surprising picks of the NBA draft, selecting D.J. Wilson out of Michigan with the No. 17 pick.

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical first reported the team's decision.

Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher was one of the first to discuss a late rise up draft boards earlier in the day Thursday:

There was plenty more discussion once the Bucks pulled the trigger:

Wilson was one of the biggest breakout stars of the college basketball season. After barely seeing the floor as a freshman and making small contributions as a sophomore, he averaged 11 points and 5.3 rebounds per game as a junior. His 419 total points scored were more than five times what he had in his first two years combined.

The 6'10" forward was especially impressive late in the season, averaging 15.6 points per game in seven Big Ten tournament and NCAA tournament games.

He showcased quality interior defense while proving he can score both inside and out, knocking down 37.3 percent of his looks from beyond the arc.

After the Bucks surprised many by taking Thon Maker in the first round last season, they now have a quality young tandem in the post that will continue to develop over the next few years.

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