Michigan announces signing of Moritz Wagner

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan formally announced the signing of 6-foot-10 German forward Moritz Wagner this afternoon.

Read the full University press release below:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — University of Michigan men’s basketball head coach John Beilein announced today (Friday, May 29) the signing of 6-foot-10 German forward Moritz Wagner to a National Letter of Intent. Wagner will join the Wolverines for the 2015-16 academic year.

“Moe is a long and versatile player,” said Beilein. “He has a great understanding of the game with a tremendous upside. As a product of Germany, he has always played against men five to even 10 years older than him, which has only helped his growth as a player. As he continues in his development, Moe’s skill and athleticism will allow him to eventually play multiple positions for us. He just turned 18 years old, so we are excited about his potential. Moe’s engaging personality and passion for the game will make him a very valuable asset to our team now and in the years to come.”

A Berlin native, Wagner played 18 games in his second season with ALBA Berlin in 2014-15, averaging 16.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game. He recorded 15 games in double figures, including a career-best 25 against RSV Eintracht (Oct. 12, 2014) — including going 9-for-13 from the field. He finished the season shooting 56.6 percent from the field and 72.5 percent on free throws. In the 2015 NBBL North Playoff, he helped Alba Berlin reach the semifinal.

He played in the 2015 NBBL All-Star game, helping the North team to a 67-63 win, scoring 14 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Wagner was also part of the 2015 Belgrade adidas Next Generations Tournament, helping ALBA Berlin to a 3-2 record and a third-place finish. He played in all five games, averaging 9.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.0 steals per game. In 2014, he helped guide ALBA Berlin to the NBBL German Championship after a 69-56 win over CYBEX Urspring.

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  • Champswest

    Now I can relax. I was starting to wonder if this was ever going to happen.

    • Don’t think there was ever really consternation that he would sign an LOI — or that he wanted to end up here. Key will be when he’s enrolled and cleared — which should be a month from now if everything goes according to plan.

  • bobohle

    Moritz: Welcome to the Maize and Blue. It’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine!

  • Him Paino

    We now have 6 ft 8 and taller recruits coming in and they all versatile and can many positions. This could be our deepest team. Maybe coach might consider platooning or at least have a 9 man rotation.

  • Wayman Britt

    Looking forward to watching Moritz and to see what kind of player his is. It will be interesting to see what kind of players, Moritz, Duncan and Wilson truly are when playing in the Big Ten.

  • UMTigersWingsLions

    Very deep team this year. I think our future is clearly looking good..thats for sure.