Michigan’s Moritz Wagner a likely late first-round, early second-round draft pick
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Where will Moritz Wagner be selected in the NBA draft?
Expect Moe Wagner, the former Michigan center from Germany, to be chosen late in the first round or in the top half of the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft.
The draft begins Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Here’s a look at where a few mock drafts have Wagner being chosen:
NBA.com: No. 21 to the Utah Jazz: Analyst David Aldridge wrote that Wagner could fill the Jazz’s need for shooting and front-court depth. What also stands out about Wagner is his outside shooting and his inside game, particularly his rebounding skills.
Sports Illustrated/SI.com: No. 32 to the Memphis Grizzlies: Sports Illustrated highlighted Wagner’s size (6-foot-11) and his ability to shoot from the outside as attributes that could make him a solid role player in the NBA. The publication, however, said he has “an outside chance at the first round.”
“If he goes 25, 20, 30, 35, it doesn’t make a difference,” Michigan coach John Beilein told the Huge Show on WBBL-FM last week. “I just want him to go to the right team that he can grow with.”
Bleacher Report didn’t list Wagner in its latest mock draft, nor did CBSSports.com. Wagner didn’t crack ESPN.com’s first-round mock draft, either, but a player familiar to Michigan fans did: Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo, who scored 31 points in the National Championship Game in April against the Wolverines.
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