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Franz Wagner
Franz Wagner
Position: F
Born: 08/27/01
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $5,258,280
Franz Wagner on Paolo Banchero: I’m super impressed. It’s not just the output he’s had already in these first few games. His poise, composure, and confidence that he brings not just for himself but for the whole group are really impressive for such a young guy. He’s really coachable. To be the first pick, come in so humble and eager to learn stuff from everybody, I think, is going to make him a great player.
But in the backdrop were concerns about what’ll come next in light of Hurricane Ian likely making landfall in Florida between Naples and Tampa late Wednesday. Chris Newton, the team’s director of security, and Regan Harris, the assistant director of team services, were among Magic personnel who addressed the team about the hurricane once practice ended. “We just talked about it,” Franz Wagner said. “Obviously, I’m nervous because I’ve never experienced anything like this. Just trying to listen to everybody here, what they’re telling us and making sure we have everything at home. Trying to be safe.”
Though the Magic have completed just one practice, Banchero has already caught the eye of some of his teammates. Standing at 6 feet, 10 inches, it is hard to miss the 250-pounder on the court. In addition to his size, he also showed off other characteristics on Tuesday. “I think his maturity,” Franz Wagner said. “I think he is very focused. He listens very well. He is very coachable. I think those are the first things (that stand out). I think with his talent and the body he has, I think that is the most important thing. He is coachable and willing to listen to people. I think the sky is the limit if he has all of those things.”
The German future star Franz Wagner took a lot from his experience playing next to Schroder. “I told him I think he had a hell of the tournament. Not just playing, but he did a really good job of leading us and pushing us as a group,” the Orlando Magic forward told BasketNews about the conversation with Schroder they had after the game. “I think that’s special. His commitment and leadership give everybody else more confidence. I think that’s a huge part of why we played so well in this tournament,” Wagner assured.