Moritz Wagner is a 6-foot-11 junior for the Michigan Wolverines.
He is in his junior season and has helped lead the Wolverines to their second straight Big Ten Tournament title. In his sophomore year, Michigan defeated Wisconsin in the title game. This year, the Wolverines beat Purdue in the final game.
What to know about Moritz Wagner
1. Moritz Wagner is from Berlin, Germany
As you may have guessed from the name, Wagner isn’t from the state of Michigan or even the United States as a whole. He was born in Berlin, Germany and decided to join the Wolverines — and live in the United States — in 2015.
2. Moritz Wagner burst onto the national scene during his sophomore campaign
As a freshman, Wagner averaged just over eight minutes per game and scored less than three (2.9) points per contest. His sophomore season, however, was a much different story.
During his second year at Michigan, Wagner averaged over 12 points and 4 rebounds per contest on 56 percent shooting from the field and 39.5 percent from three-point range. Following his impressive leap from year one to year two, he then decided to test what he might be worth as a player outside of college.
3. Moritz Wagner entered his name for the 2017 NBA Draft
Following Wagner’s sophomore season with the Wolverines, he entered his name for the 2017 NBA Draft. This didn’t force him to leave college, of course, as players can test the NBA waters by evaluating where they may land in an upcoming NBA draft.
If that player isn’t satisfied with where they think they will be selected, they can then pull their name by a certain date and remain in college. This is what Wagner did, which led to him being with the Wolverines again this season.
4. Moritz Wagner has been called “exciting” by an NBA scout
The athletic big man chose to not stay eligible for the 2017 NBA Draft because he wanted to come back to Michigan to improve his game and draft stock. While some see Wagner as a second-round pick in the future, former Michigan Wolverines player — and current NBA scout for the Miami Heat — Glen Rice seemed optimistic about Wagner’s future:
“He’s exciting. When you look at how the game has evolved, being able to have ball handling, shooting ability — for him to be able to do what he does is special. It makes it a whole lot easier for him to continue to keep moving up the ladder and being able to reach out and be that much closer to his dream.”
5. Michigan coach John Beilein used Moritz Wagner’s mom as motivation
In Wagner’s junior season, the team traveled to Madison Square Garden in New York City to play in the Big Ten Tournament. The tournament is typically held in the Midwest, but in 2018, it was in New York.
Regardless of where in the United States the tournament was being played, Wagner’s mom had a long way to travel to see her son play. She came from Berlin, Germany, for the 2018 Big Ten tournament.
Beilein, the Wolverines coach, said he used Wagner’s mom as motivation to play as well as possible in the tournament.