German star to visit Michigan, more on him

With the lack of new, available post prospects in the 2015 recruiting class, some schools are filtering through the international market.

Through talking to multiple NBA scouts, college coaches and those that spend a significant amount of time covering the best amateurs players outside of the United States, Germany native Moritz's Wagner's name has popped up multiple times.

And for good reason.

At the age of 14, Wagner stood 6-foot-4 and played on the perimeter. Now just less than two months until his 18th birthday and Wagner is “stretch four-man” standing 6-foot-10 and weighing in at 205-pounds.

From the video I’ve been able to get my hands on, Wagner’s all around skill set is what immediately stands out. He has impressive hands, good touch around the basket and can score both facing the rim and with his back to it.

“He’s a versatile kid who knows how to play ball,” a NBA scout that has evaluated him multiple times told Scout. “He’s not an athlete, but with his length and coordination he manages to deceive his opponents and get to the rack quiet easily. Once he becomes a more consistent shooter he will be a nightmare on the wing.”

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Wagner is visiting Michigan this weekend
“He reads the game well, gets his teammates involved and is unselfish player,” the NBA scout added. “The most impressive thing about him is his passion for the game and the will to win. He legitimately cares for the game.”

Wagner finished school at Rosa-Luxemburg last year. He’s currently playing for Alba Berlin in the Euroleague, although he’s had just two appearances this year.

Wagner played in Fiba’s U18 European Championship for Germany in the B Division. Through six games, Wagner averaged 5.2 points and three rebounds in an average of 10 minutes a game.

“They want him to stay here and would love him to turn pro,” a source close to Wagner told Scout. “I’m not really sure if he wants to do that. He wants the NBA. The question is can the Alba Berlin team open the doors for that.”

While Alba Berlin will certainly want to sign him, Wagner is exploring the option of playing college basketball in the United States.

Among the schools that have reached out to Wagner, who would be eligible to play next season, are Michigan, UNLV, Providence, Auburn, Virginia and Arizona.

Michigan head coach John Beilein has been to Germany to meet with Wagner. Wagner will take a return visit to Michigan this weekend, per multiple sources. While Michigan hasn’t offered Wagner yet, they are expected to during his official visit.

What type of timetable does Wagner have on making a decision? Wagner’s Alba Berlin team has five regular season games left. The finale being on April 9th. According to a source, Wagner could make his decision shortly after the season.


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