Michigan basketball’s awards banquet Wednesday night was an occasion meant to celebrate the past, but it was a question about the future that hung over junior forward Moe Wagner: Is he going to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft?
“This is something I’m not trying to talk about too much,” Wagner said, according to the Detroit News’ James Hawkins. “This is something between me and doach (John Beilein). We have this relationship that I really embrace. It’s not about my future right now. We will all know soon enough.”
Beilein, for his part, was similarly reluctant to offer details regarding which way Wagner might be leaning, beyond saying the junior will make a decision “before too long.”
Wagner, who split team MVP honors with senior Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, has until April 22 to declare for the draft without an agent. If he does so, he can attend the NBA combine May 16-20, with the ability to withdraw his name and return to college by May 30.
“I will tell you if I knew. I would tell you if I wanted to,” Wagner said. “I got to be that honest, though, because this night is not about my future. This night is about three incredible seniors, an incredible team and a memory that we will share forever.”
Michigan set a program record with 33 wins this past season. The Wolverines won their second straight Big Ten Title, part of a magical run that saw the team play in its second NCAA championship game in five seasons.
The 6-foot-11, 245-pound Wagner played a huge role in the team’s success. He averaged team highs in points (14.6 per game) and rebounds (7.1 per game), and played with a sense of emotion and passion that was contagious for teammates.