About Moritz Wagner
Moritz Wagner is a skilled center with floor spacing potential fresh off leading Michigan on an improbable run to the NCAA Championship game. Emerging as a promising prospect in his mid-teens in his native Germany, Wagner made his EuroLeague debut with Alba Berlin at the age of 17 and appeared in an NBA Preseason game against the Spurs. Opting to pursue the college route in lieu of continuing his career overseas, Wagner was considered a top-150 prospect in the high school class of 2015. Played a minor role as a freshman and broke out in a major way as a sophomore in John Beilein’s offense with his ability to draw opposing big men to the perimeter and score with impressive consistency from the inside and out. Declared for the 2017 NBA Draft before withdrawing. Wagner keyed Michigan to a deep NCAA Tournament run averaging 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game and earned All-Big Ten Second Team honors.
- Measured 6’11.5 in shoes with a below average 7’0 wingspan and a 241-pound frame at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine. Added ten pounds of muscle from the 2017 NBA Combine to the 2018 edition. Has nice height for a center and is fairly mobile, but lacks great length and explosiveness.
- Played a significant role for the Wolverines whose system catered to his strengths. Did much of his damage in pick and pop and spot up situations leveraging his unique jump shooting ability for a center. Also did some opportunistic scoring around the rim finishing cuts, putting the ball on the floor for straight-line drives, and slipping screens.
- Lacks a degree of length and quickness defensively, but plays with a lot of fire. Showed some improvement as an area rebounder as a junior, but still has a ways to go. Allowed 0.966 points per Post Up possession [27th percentile]. Makes an effort to protect the rim, but short arms limit his impact. Has room to improve his awareness defending away the basket. Will need to maximize his frame and be more physical to hold his own at the NBA level.