Moritz Wagner announced that he will enter the 2018 NBA draft and hire an agent in a piece on the Players’ Tribune. Wagner will forego his senior year with Michigan. Wagner averaged 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in NCAA.
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Moritz Wagner may have ended his standout Michigan career in the national title game. But in the moments afterward, he wasn’t keen to talk about his future. After Michigan’s 79-62 loss to Villanova, Wagner declined to say whether he’s thought about whether he will return to Michigan for his senior year or declare for the NBA draft. “This night has nothing to do with next year, it has to do with Duncan Robinson, Muhammad and Jaaron,” Wagner said, referencing Michigan’s seniors. “Their career is over.”
Wagner and Wilson will have decisions to make. In the immediate aftermath of Thursday’s loss, neither was ready to consider those choices, let alone discuss timelines. “I haven’t really thought about anything right now,” Wilson said. “I’m just focusing on us. I haven’t really given anything much thought.” “I haven’t really thought about that and I don’t really see any decision-making,” Wagner said. “All I’m worried about is my seniors and my teammates and all the staff. That’s the beauty of the offseason — it’s far away still. Right now, I’m just going to reflect on this season for a week.”
“They’ve been spectacular,” an Eastern Conference assistant GM said. “They’ve both become legitimate guys who need to become evaluated closely. The player development program (at Michigan) is outstanding. They both have work to do, but neither faces an uphill climb.”
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April 26, 2018 | 8:19 pm EDT Update
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Fred Katz: Here’s Steven Adams from last night on what Enes Kanter coming to Game 5 meant to him: “Nothing at all. I hate that guy. He’s a scumbag.” He continued, “No, honestly, it’s good that he came out. All the boys were happy to see him. Short spurts with him. Short spurts.”
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Melissa Rohlin: Kerr on Curry: “Steph practiced 100 percent. He did everything. I would say he’s questionable for Game 1. What we have to do is see how his body responds the rest of the day. Put him through another practice tomorrow. I think he needs to string together a few good days.”