Rivals.com continues our detailed look at Maryland's highly
regarded class of 2014 hoops haul. Today, we take an in depth look at four-star
shooting guard Dion Wiley, the No. 49 player in the class of 2014.
Background A local product from Oxon Hill (Md.) Potomac, Wiley first started to
make his reputation on the national scene between his sophomore and junior
seasons while playing on the summer circuit with Team Takeover's 16U team. The
momentum continued into his junior season and through another summer in Nike's
EYBL with Takeover as Wiley developed into a top 50 national prospect.
Strengths Wiley is one of the strongest and most physically tough to handle wings
in the class of 2014. He is able to move opponents around with his shoulders and
plays through contact with relative ease.
Where the future Terp stands out, though, is as a shooter. When he's locked in
and has his feet set, his range stretches out to 23 feet and he has a quick and
crisp release. He's also pretty comfortable shooting off the dribble or curling
off of screens to knock down open looks.
Areas to work on Even though he often enjoys a strength advantage, Wiley sometimes
settles a little too much for jumpers. He doesn't seem to lack confidence but at
times he does seem a bit uncertain about his ability to create off the dribble
and because of that his mid range game isn't yet consistent. Because of that, he
can become predictable for defenses and can get frustrated when he gets crowded
out on the perimeter limiting his jump shot opportunities.
The biggest area to keep an eye on is his conditioning. Wiley is a big kid and
at times he has looked to be in a little less than tip top shape and has
occasionally taken some plays off.
What to expect
Like Romelo Trimble, Wiley is another guard who looks like he was built to play
int the Big Ten. Provided that he is in shape and ready to go mentally, the
physical adjustment to college basketball shouldn't be a real issue.
When you can shoot, your game will translate to pretty much any offense ever
invented so there will be a role for him in College Park. He looks like a kid
who can be relied upon pretty early and it is likely going to boil down to how
quickly he adjusts to college defenses and prepares himself for his next step.