The 2017 NBA Draft happens on June 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York with most closely monitroing the likes of Lonzo Ball, Markelle Fultz and De’Aaron Fox. There are plenty of other prospects though it will no include German Moe Wagner of the Michigan Wolverines.
The 6-foot-11 Wagner elected to withdraw and play out his junior season. Wagner averaged 12.1 points per game as a sophomore.
“Michigan is where I need to be right now and I am really excited about coming back. I learned a lot about myself and my game at the combine. I feel like I still have a lot to prove on this level and cannot wait to compete with my brothers for another ring,” said Wagner in a statement.
On the other hand, its all go for D.J. Wilson. He had two years of college eligibility left but said that it’s the right time to pursue his dream of playing in the NBA. Wilson averaged 11 points and was the leading rebounder for coach John Beilein’s team.
“I am confident I have the drive, work ethic and maturity for this next step,” he said. “It’s never going to be easy, but if I have learned anything at Michigan, perseverance pays off.”
Wilson’s departure means Michigan loses three starters. Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin were seniors.
Transfers Charles Matthews (from Kentucky) and Jaaron Simmons (Ohio) will likely be crucial next season as the Wolverines try to avoid a significant decline in the backcourt. Beilein now can plan on having Wagner back. His mobility and 3-point shooting touch make him the type of big man who can handle being a focal point on offense.
“Moe loves Michigan and he is excited about becoming a leader on next year’s team,” Beilein said. “His incredible personality and enthusiastic demeanor is a great plus for this team and his brilliant future.” (with reports from the Associated Press)
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