Moe Wagner and Charles Matthews — Michigan basketball’s leading scorers during the 2017-18 season — are considering their next steps after the Wolverines’ loss in the National Championship Game on Monday night. Neither Wagner nor Matthews was ready to commit to entering the 2018 NBA Draft or staying in school.
“I think this night has nothing to do with next year,” Wagner said after the loss to Villanova, according to the Detroit News. “This has to do with Duncan Robinson, Muhammad [-Ali Abdur-Rakhman] and Jaaron [Simmons]. Their career is over.”
Added Matthews, a 6-foot-6 wing, about his future: “I have to discuss that with my coaching staff and my parents.”
Wagner — who averaged 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game this season — has another season of eligibility remaining with the Wolverines, but he could be a first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. The German-born junior was projected as a first-round pick (26th overall) in a recent NBA mock draft from Bleacher Report. NBADraft.net projected Wagner as a second-round pick (40th overall).
Matthews, meanwhile, was not projected to be picked in the NBADraft.net mock draft. Matthews averaged 13.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in his first season with the Wolverines. A transfer from Kentucky, Matthews has two seasons of college eligibility remaining.