German forward commits to Michigan

Michigan picked up a 6-foot-10 forward out of Berlin, Germany on Sunday.

German forward Moritz Wagner ended his recruitment on Sunday by giving a verbal commitment to John Beilein and his staff at Michigan.

Wagner, a 6-foot-10 forward out of Berlin, took an official visit to Michigan in early March.

“He wanted the college life with a big time program and a big time coach,” a source close to Wagner explained to Scout. “Going back to Germany, that’s something he can always do.”

To go with Michigan, Wagner also had varying degrees of interest from UNLV, Providence, Auburn and a host of other schools. Beilein was among the coaches that went over to Germany to meet with him.

On the court, Wagner is known for his competitiveness and versatility.

“He’s a versatile kid who knows ho2 to play ball,” a NBA scout told Scout. “He’s not an athlete, but with his length and his coordination he manages to deceive is opponents and get to the rack quite easily. Once he becomes more consistent shooter he will be a nightmare on the wing.”

“He reads the game well, gets his teammates involved and is an unselfish,” the NBA scout added. “The most impressive thing about his is his passion for the game and the will to win. He legitimately cares for the game.”

Wagner went to school at Rosa-Luxemburg last year and spent this year playing for Alba Berlin in the Euroleague.

Through six games in the Fiba U18 European Championship, Wagner averaged 5.2 points and three rebounds for Germany.

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