German prospect Moritz Wagner has signed his letter of intent and will join the Michigan Wolverines for the 2015-16 season. Head coach John Beilein made the announcement, which was reported on MGoBlue.com.
A 6’10” forward, Wagner spent two seasons with ALBA Berlin of both the German and Euroleague and averaged 16.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest in the 2014-15 seasons. Regarding the latest addition to his team’s roster, Belein spoke nothing but praise of Wagner.
“Moe is a long and versatile player,” said Beilein. “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 now joins a Michigan team that is looking to bounce back after a lost season.
The Wolverines went 16-16 (8-10 Big Ten) in 2015, just two years after losing to Louisville in the NCAA Tournament Championship Game and making the Elite Eight the year after that. With Caris Levert set to come back from a foot injury and Zak Irvin returning as well, Michigan is now in a prime position to bounce back and contend for a championship with the addition of Wagner.
With Big Ten rivals Wisconsin and Michigan State set to lose key starters from this past season’s teams, look for Michigan to rally together quickly and make a lot of noise early as it looks to find redemption from last year’s stumble.