Moe Wagner is coming back to Michigan, the school announced Wednesday.
— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) May 24, 2017
Yup ain't getting rid of me that fast 👀🤑 pic.twitter.com/P4nvWtNWya
— Moe Wagner (@moritz_weasley) May 24, 2017
The German-born big man became an NBA prospect after he blossomed as one of the Big Ten’s top players during the 2016-17 season. Wagner scored 12.1 points per game and averaged 4.2 rebounds, and he played some of his best basketball when Michigan needed him the most.
Wagner said in a piece produced by the university that the draft pool was too deep, and that his time to chase his NBA dream will come.
“I would’ve hated myself if I’d found myself in the D-League next year,” he said. “I would rather play in college.”
Wagner scored 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting in Michigan’s second-round upset of second-seeded Louisville in the NCAA Tournament.
While Wagner likely will get his NBA shot someday, another year or two in maize and blue could help him turn into a first-round draft pick. Wagner’s production jumped in his second year at Michigan, and he is expected to take another step forward in the 2017-18 campaign.
Former teammate D.J. Wilson has decided to enter the NBA draft. While Wagner was not expected to get drafted, Wilson has been projected as a second-round pick by some outlets.