Michigan sophomore Franz Wagner enters NBA draft
Franz Wagner is officially headed for the NBA, as the University of Michigan’s second student ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski told that he would enter the 2021 draft after a strong performance in this year’s March Madness tournament.
Wagner wrote about his decision in The Players’ Tribune, admitting he “felt a lot of emotions” because of how much he enjoyed playing in Michigan. But while it was a “difficult decision”, the 19-year-old German finally said it was the right decision for him.
“I hope more than anything – because playing in the NBA has been one of my big dreams”, Wagner wrote. “It’s something I’ve worked extremely hard for. And after talking to my coaches and my family, I know it’s something I’m ready for.”
This season, Wagner has established himself as one of the top defensive prospects in college, helping the Wolverines reach the Elite Eight with an average of 12.5 points, six rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. . Before declaring he was ESPN’s undeclared top prospect and many expect him to be a lottery pick in this year’s draft.
Assuming Wagner is drafted, he will become the second member of his family to reach the NBA. His brother, Moe Wagner, currently plays for the Orlando Magic.