TOEFL stands for Test of English as a foreign language. It’s an examination that foreigners must pass before they NCAA will deem to eligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics. That was all that was standing in the way of German power forward Moritz Wagner and Michigan. The 6-10, 205-pounder committed to Michigan back on April 5th, but the Wolverines couldn’t announce him as the lone member of their 2015 class until he signed his LOI.
Today that announcement came… an obvious sign that Wagner had passed the test.
"Moe is a long and versatile player," Michigan head coach John Beilein said. "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."
Wagner attended Rosa-Luxemburg and spent this past year playing for Alba Berlin in the Euroleague. He averaged 16.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game. His season highlights included notching 15 games in double figures, including a career-best 25 against RSV Eintracht on October 12th.