It’s that time of year: March Madness brackets have been busted and hardworking student athletes are preparing for some of the biggest games of their college career.
This week, Sweet 16 basketball players will face off on March 23 and 24, and among the players is forward D.J. (DeVante Jaylen) Wilson of the University of Michigan.
After Michigan won the Big 10 championship game against Wisconsin March 12, Wilson pointed to his faith in God.
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“We felt blessed with everything we’d been through this past week to get to the position we are in right now,” Wilson told MGoBlue.com. “By winning the Big 10 tournament, we’re just extremely blessed.”
“I’m a big believer in my faith, and God had a plan,” Wilson added.
Earlier this month, the Michigan basketball team’s plane slid off the runway during high winds before taking off for the Big 10 tournament.
“God. Is. Good.” Wilson tweeted after the incident.
This is not the first time the college junior has tweeted about his faith.
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“God is the best part of my life,” Wilson tweeted in 2015. “Without Him, I can’t imagine where I’d be.”
A native of Sacramento, California, Wilson is a product of Capital Christian School.
“Don’t forget God is good,” he tweeted in November 2016.
“Let your faith be bigger than your fear, cause where God guides he provides!” he tweeted in October.
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Going up against Oklahoma State during the first round of the NCAA tournament, Michigan squeaked by with a 92-91 win on Friday.
Then, on Sunday, March 19, Wilson tweeted, “God is good and nothing short of that!”
During the second round of March Madness, Wilson and his fellow Wolverines won 73-69 in an upset against the Louisville Cardinals. Scoring 17 total points in the game, the 6’10, 240-pound Wilson made four consecutive free throws in the last 17.3 seconds of the game. He also blocked a shot to seal in the game.
The win advanced Michigan into the Sweet 16.
Michigan — the seventh-seeded team in the Midwest region — goes up against third-seeded Oregon on March 23.