Report: Michigan offers Moritz Wagner

Dylan Burkhardt

First reported by’s Evan Daniels, Michigan extended a scholarship offer to 6-foot-9 German forward Moritz Wagner during his official visit to Ann Arbor this weekend.

Wagner is still undecided between playing college basketball or accepting a professional contract in Germany, but Michigan appears to lead the way in terms of NCAA suitors. Michigan head coach John Beilein visited Wagner in Germany in the fall and is the only school to have hosted the stretch four man for a visit.

Wagner plays with Alba Berlin’s youth setup in Germany, but has also earned spot minutes with the senior team this season.

Wagner is the only class of 2015 prospect with a Michigan offer, but Duncan Robinson (transfer) and DJ Wilson (medical redshirt) will also be added to the 2015-16 roster as newly eligible players.

  • Wayman Britt

    Well don’t know much about Mr. Wagner, but I do like the line up of other quality programs recruiting him. To me that usually is a good sign of the quality of the player.

    I realize Brown is a long shot, but if Wagner accepts I would assume Brown is clearly out of the picture.

    • Nick

      Unless Caris leaves

    • Champswest

      I think Brown is going elsewhere.

  • Mattski

    I think that Wagner may be another one of those guys who “doesn’t develop” under Beilein, but ends up proving a major piece of the puzzle. :)

    • MAZS

      One concern about taking foreign players who need time to develop is that they often return to Europe before their 4 years are over. Della Valle is just one recent example–MSU with Lorbek is another.

      • Interesting point. I know that Johannes Herber played all four seasons for Beilein at WVU. I’m also guessing there’s at least some role that Herber played in this as he played for Alba Berlin for several years. He also used to play for the team that Robin Benzing, the last German that Michigan signed, was with.

        Wagner has the chance to play pro ball in Germany now though, I suspect he’s coming to NCAA to develop his game enough to get on the NBA radar rather than just return back to Germany though.

        • MAZS

          It will be interesting to see if former Michigan target Mykhailiuk stays at Kansas given his limited playing time. I suspect Self considers him a development project.

          • He doesn’t turn 18 until this summer I believe, but is already projected as a lottery pick next year after averaging 3.2 ppg this year. Haven’t watched him/Kansas enough to follow that one though.

          • MAZS

            Yes, I understand that was the projection, but I can’t imagine his KU performance has enhanced his NBA stock. 3.2 ppg in 12.4 mpg—31% fgp, 1.4 rpg, 0.6 apg. Not really lottery numbers. All the more reason for him to return to the Ukraine and the European league–at least short-term to rebuild his rep.

  • Wayman Britt

    Dylan – if you have time on your next recruiting roundup can you include video and a write up on Jalen Sira.

    • Jaren Sina*, but I can mention him in next roundup. Don’t love the fit to be honest.

      • Champswest

        Me neither.

      • MAZS

        From a statistical standpoint, there is almost nothing to love.

  • WolverineInTexas

    Dylan, what about Jaylen Brown? is it realistic?

    • Likely? No. They still have to get him on campus for an official. His season just ended, but he wants to decide by early April so the clock is ticking.

    • AD

      Just don’t understand the inability to win recruits. Could you imagine what coach B would do with a top recruit? He’s a great coach, horrible recruiter.

  • Champswest

    What is Wagner’s timeline for making a decision?

  • AD

    Why can’t we recruit top talent? All the good players in our state and we have to pick up a German? Something isn’t right in the recruiting office

  • scipiodreams80

    There’s almost a little Sam Dekker in his game, with some drives that were reminiscent of Nik’s to the bucket arsenal.