|Wagner, Wilson exploring NBA Draft possibilities|
|Written by Matt Pargoff|
The Michigan basketball team may be without two key contributors next year with big men Moritz Wagner and D.J. Wilson each announcing on Monday their plans to test the waters of the NBA, entering their names for the draft while not signing with agents.
“I appreciate all of the support I continue to receive at the University of Michigan,” Wagner wrote on Twitter. “After talking with coaches and my family, I have decided to enter my name to the NBA Draft without hiring an agent. Dankeschön for all. Go Blue!”
“I give glory to God each and everyday for allowing me to be a part of the University of Michigan and our basketball program,” Wilson added. “With that being said, after discussing it with my family and coaches, I will be entering my name into the NBA Draft without hiring an agent. Thank you all for your continued support & Go Blue!”
By not signing with agents, they will not immediately forfeit their amateur status, allowing for a possible return to Michigan based on the feedback they receive from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee. The NCAA deadline to withdraw from the draft is May 24.
Just a sophomore last season, Wagner averaged 12.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, but often struggled with foul trouble as he rapidly developed as a player.
Wilson also emerged as a key contributor after playing a minor role his first two seasons, averaging 11.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game during his junior year. He accounted for more than half of the team’s blocks, swatting away 57 shots.
Despite being inside players, each showed a strong ability from long range, with Wagner making 39.5% of his three pointers and Wilson connecting 37.3% of the time from beyond the arc.
Should both continue on a path to the NBA and not return next year, it will be a major loss for the Wolverines, with Mark Donnal reportedly planning to transfer as well. That would leave just Jon Teske, who played sparingly last season and Austin Davis, who redshirted, as the lone returning inside presence.