The Michigan Wolverines have landed a commitment from international prospect Moritz Wagner, he announced Sunday.
Proud that I gonna be a Wolverine and a part of 〽️ichigan next year. Damn grateful for what Alba did for me! This is my club &always will be— Moe Wagner (@moritz_weasley) April 5, 2015
Wagner is a 6-foot-9 combo forward from Germany who plays for Alba Berlin in the Euroleague. He also played in six games in the U18 European Championships for Germany's B team last summer, averaging 5.2 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. Wagner has played well lately in the U18 Adidas Next Generation Tournament, averaging 14.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in his final three games in that event.
He chose Michigan over several high-major programs, with Cal, Connecticut and others involved at different times. John Beilein went to Germany to watch Wagner play, and the Wolverines made the strongest push.
NBA scouts have described Wagner as a player who could be ideal in catch-and-shoot situations because of his ability to knock down shots from the perimeter. Scouts also love his potential due to his combination of size and shooting touch.
"He's a faceup 4, good size and skill," one college coach said. "Can handle and shoot. Needs strength and he's not quick. He's young, still needs two years in the States."
Wagner is Michigan's first commitment for the 2015 class, but the Wolverines have no scholarships remaining. Max Bielfeldt is a redshirt junior who could go elsewhere for his final season, but Beilein has no seniors on the roster.