In the midst of other players announcing what the future holds for them, the one person Michigan fans were waiting for finally broke the news. Yesterday it was announced that Michigan Wolverine junior forward Moritz Wagner would be signing with an agent and declaring for the 2018 NBA draft. While this news was what most people expected from the Wolverine, it sent a shockwave through the Michigan fan base. Now the reality has set in, Moe is leaving and they’re going to have to watch a Michigan basketball team without him. A weird reality indeed. But above all, they could not be more proud of everything Moe has accomplished here and what he has done for the program.
Moe began his freshman campaign like many others. Few minutes and little recognition. He averaged around 2.9 points and played on average 8.6 minutes. But inside, his dream was stirring and he had something to prove. In one season, he fought to get the playing time and showcase what he could bring to Michigan. And the world heard about it.
When Moe reached this point last year, facing the decision of staying or leaving, he finished the 2016-2017 season averaging around 12.1 points per game and 4.2 rebounds. It was a toss up, he could leave having made somewhat of a name or he could stay and improve upon his name. He, of course, decided to play his junior season. By foregoing the draft last year, he got the opportunity to get even better. He got to be the standout for Michigan. His emotional passion for the team on and off the court propelled his team on a run no one expected in this year’s NCAA tournament. If people were talking Michigan basketball this year, they were reliving a Moe Wagner highlight reel. The way he plays and watching him give his all in every game, will be greatly missed. Moe will end his career averaging 14.6 points per game and 7.1 rebounds. A stark contrast from even a year ago. There is no question about it, Moe is ready for the next level.
There is no doubt that Moe will meet success in this next chapter of his life. The way he fought to be the best he could be everyday came to fruition. He fought to be on the floor as a freshman and then emerged as a key starter for the Wolverines. He does not stop until he achieves the next level, and then he builds on further. The type of character he is and the way he knows the game will make him a crucial piece in any circumstance he could find himself in. Moe wants to make a name for himself, and he has thus far, but he is still chasing after his dream. When he gets there, he will stop at nothing to be the best he can be.
Moe exits Michigan with three NCAA tournament appearances, including a Final Four appearance, and two Big Ten tournament titles. He had over 1000 points and over 400 rebounds as a Wolverine. A remarkable collegiate career in the time he had here. Michigan fans are truly thankful for him and for the time they had with him. He was incredible here and the future is so bright for him.
Keep an eye out for Moritz Wagner. He is going to be big.