Beilein on Wagner's decision to stay at U-M

Michigan coach John Beilein discusses Moritz Wagner's decision to stay at U-M for his junior year and more.

In case you haven’t heard, Moritz Wagner decided to pass on the 2017 NBA Draft on Wednesday and is coming to back to Michigan for his junior season at U-M.  

On Friday, Michigan coach John Beilein spoke to media on Wagner’s choice to stay at U-M, saying his star forward is approached his decision to stay in Ann Arbor with the right mindset.

“All I know is going into it he has the right attitude,” Beilein said, comparing Wagner’s decision to stay with previous U-M stars like Trey Burke and Mitch McGary.“I sense more, even more enthusiasm for coming back for Mo right now. He wants to be more of a leader. He really values his experience here. He really values his degree from Michigan. He’s coming from a different mindset. He could’ve gone pro right away, a lot of his peers he played with in Germany they don’t go to the United States to play."

But it's a good thing Wagner did come to Michigan,  considering he's coming off a sophomore season where he averaged 12.1 points and 4.2 rebounds for the Wolverines. 

That being said, Beilein didn’t get too specific on Wagner’s NBA feedback, but he did note that he needs to get stronger, be more consistent and improve on his overall skill development. He further added, that most NBA executives are active proponents of players like Wagner staying in school to further develop before turning pro.

“All the general mangers wish the players would stay in college longer so they can get a better read on who they are,” Beilein said. “They are forced to make some really crazy decisions on 18, 19, 20-year-old kids, that there is just not enough information to make."

Adding: “Their jobs are on the line, too.”


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