NBA Draft

NBA Draft

Submitted by bronxblue on June 21st, 2018 at 7:31 PM

NBA draft is about to kick off.  Recent draft scuttlebutt has Mo Wagner possibly going late in the first round, a pretty significant uptick in his prospects compared even to when he declared, let alone this time last year.  So stick around for that, and as a bonus you can play at home to figure out how many millions of dollars Miles Bridges cost himself coming back to MSU for his second season.  

Mo Wagner with nice game in Germany win over Turkey today

Mo Wagner with nice game in Germany win over Turkey today

Submitted by WindyCityWolverine on July 19th, 2017 at 2:26 PM

Great to see Mo putting it together. 

He had 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Was aggressive and got to the line often, as well as grabbing 6 rebounds in his best performance of the summer.

More on his performance and highlights from Dylan over at UMHoops;

Post-NBA Combine Stock Watch

Post-NBA Combine Stock Watch

Submitted by Leaders And Best on May 13th, 2017 at 2:28 PM

ESPN's Chad Ford filed his report post-NBA Combine, and it does not look like DJ Wilson or Moritz Wagner did much to help their stock. Both players made his "All-Go-Back-To-School Team." The report is behind a paywall, but here is the important excerpt:

So who's on the All-Go-Back-To-School Team?

Michigan's Moritz Wagner and D.J. Wilson, Texas' Andrew Jones, SMU's Semi Ojeleye, Purdue's Caleb Swanigan, Maryland's Justin Jackson and Arizona's Rawle Alkins all are in serious risk of not getting drafted in the first round if they stay in the draft. Perhaps one or two make the cut, but most of them are looking firmly at the second round at this point. None of them did enough this week to really push them over the top.


Chad Ford was one of the analysts who had them ranked the highest before the combine.

Sporting News had DJ Wilson listed as a winner from the Combine and Wagner as a question/loser:

— Michigan’s D.J. Wilson is another prospect who had never been measured officially before, but came in with the goods on Thursday. Wilson was over 6-10 with a 7-3 wingspan and a 9-foot-1.5 standing reach that should allow him to not only play the 4, but to slide down to center in some favorable matchup situations. He pulled out of the five-on-five portion of the event with a quad injury.

— Moritz Wagner also got his first set of measurements, and came in slightly under 7-foot with a 7-foot wingspan. Wagner had quite a few defensive problems in college, and those measurements should continue to raise concerns as to whether he has the potential to become a plus player on that end.

DraftExpress now has DJ Wilson at #30 in their Mock Draft updated yesterday. Wagner is listed as their #86 prospect in their top 100, but I don't think that has been updated since the combine.

Neither player was really mentioned positively in SI's post-Combine Stock Watch:

Down: Indecision

There was a relatively small group of underclassmen without agents here, and not many looked especially ready for the big-time. With Jackson taking the plunge, that left Alkins, Andrew Jones, Moritz Wagner, Eric Mika, Justin Jackson, Omer Yurtseven, Thomas Welsh and Svi Mykhailiuk as undecideds in the five-on-five this year. Expect most of them to return to school. There’s also the group of D.J. Wilson (who sat out injured), Caleb Swanigan (who should probably go), Tony Bradley (the buzz was he’s leaning toward going) and Hamidou Diallo (who remains a wild card), who didn’t play fives and are on the fence. Alkins, Jones, Jackson and Wagner all showed strong flashes and unique strengths, but it may take a promise from a team to keep these guys from returning to college.

Chad Ford: Top 30 NBA Draft Prospects in March Madness

Chad Ford: Top 30 NBA Draft Prospects in March Madness

Submitted by ChiCityWolverine on March 13th, 2017 at 12:01 PM

ESPN's NBA Draft guru Chad Ford has released a ($ paywalled) Top 30 list of NBA Draft prospects in the NCAA Tournament. Michigan has a pair of players included. This is a little scary, but unless either plays there way into a surefire first rounder, there shouldn't be much reason for worry. Also, this list leaves out international players and anyone else not in the tournament (like Markelle Fultz).

25. D.J. Wilson
Draft projection: 30-50
Michigan Junior Forward

Wilson is an athletic forward who can both stretch the floor and protect the rim. He has a rare combination of explosiveness and skill. His inconsistency and soft play (despite his size he doesn't really like contact in the paint) concern NBA scouts.

He's on the first-round bubble, but a big NCAA tournament could change things for him. He was outstanding in the Big 10 tourney for Michigan with 26 points, eight boards and three blocks against Purdue and 17 points, six boards, three assists and two steals against Wisconsin to lead Michigan to the title.

26. Moritz Wagner
Draft projection: 30-50
Michigan Sophomore Forward

Wagner might be the biggest sleeper on this list. The native of Germany brings many of the things that Lauri Markkanen brings to the table and is just six months older, such as size, agility, a terrific 3-point stroke and a high basketball IQ. Like Markkannen, he isn't a great rebounder or shot blocker, but you don't find many players with his size and skill set in the draft.

Getting to Know Moritz Wagner

Getting to Know Moritz Wagner

Submitted by Everyone Murders on October 23rd, 2015 at 8:42 AM

John Niyo has a nice fluff piece about Moritz Wagner's integration into the team and U.S. culture in this morning's news.  Not much more than fluff to the article, but it's nice to read about Michigan basketball, get to know more about a player, and to have no mention of recruiting shenanigans (shenanigans? - yeah, I said it!) in an article on MBB.

Interesting that he's up to 228 already (thanks, Chipotle - wait until he discovers BTB!).  Glad to see this young man aboard the team, and Beilein Uber Alles.

Some Men's Basketball Updates/Tidbits

Some Men's Basketball Updates/Tidbits

Submitted by UMClassOf2018 on October 13th, 2015 at 2:19 PM

Last night John Beilein made an appearance at the Maize Rage meeting, along with Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin. While there, he spoke to us and answered some questions that revealed some pretty interesting tidbits that may not have been talked about much yet. Some of the highlights of what he said:


---DJ Wilson is up 35 pounds. Not sure if that was from when he go here or just over the summer, but it's impressive either way.

---Irvin should return from his back surgery soon, and when he does, it will be the first time their "Core Four" of Irvin, Walton, Caris, and Spike will have all been healthy at the same time since Walton got hurt against Villanova.

---In terms of rotations, he doesn't really expect to expand past playing nine guys even though they have more depth this year. He likes eight man rotations, but because of the depth, will add a ninth spot.

---He said he likes to play guys like Irvin and Walton 30-35 minutes a game to keep them in their rhythm (he only mentioned them as they were sitting right there; I assume that applies to Caris as well, with Spike not far behind). Other than that, he expects the other guys to just fill in minutes where they are available. Based on this, my conjecture for the rotation would be Walton, Irvin, Caris, Spike, Doyle, Dawkins, DJ, Donnal, and one of MAAR or Chatman.

---One guy who's missing? Moritz Wagner. Beilein said he expects him to be really good "one day". Right now he said he's a bit awkward and gets banged around a bunch because he had never lifted weights before in Germany. However, he's up to 228 pounds (up from 210 or 215 when he got to AA, I can't remember which one), and Beilein expects him to be up around 245 soon. Didn't say, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a redshirt coming for Wagner.

---Another guy who's missing: Duncan Robinson. I would expect him to work his way into the rotation at some point, but now Beilein sounded as if that wouldn't happen right away. He said Duncan's shooting numbers in practice compare to Nik Stauskas', but that he is a little tenative and "we're trying to get him to stop asking for permission to shoot." Sounds like once he gains some confidence, he'll be key off the bench.

---He also talked about Austin Hatch and how important he is to the team. He said he works out with the team 2-3 times a week to keep his body in shape, and his role is now doing some things that players/coaches don't have as much time to do (i.e. visits to Mott). He also said he views Austin as another son of his, which was pretty cool.

---Last thing, has nothing to do with the players themselves, but Beilein said he wants to totally revamp player introductions and do something different. He hates the intro videos and how it takes everyone's attention away from the court and up to the video board. This year, he wants to do something involving the students making noise and being pumped up to introduce players, but we're not sure what that would be, and then having a different way to actually call out the players' names.

Moritz Wagner: Current Coach and Teammate Endorsements

Moritz Wagner: Current Coach and Teammate Endorsements

Submitted by Blue Noise on April 19th, 2015 at 4:54 PM

Nice writeup from the Daily with quotes from Wagner's coach at Alba Berlin, who says that Moritz will be ready for the NBA Draft in two years:

“I predict two years for him, to achieve even a good position in the NBA draft,” said Alba Berlin coach Saša Obradović following his team’s 78-74 win over the Phoenix Hagen on April 15.

Also quotes from Wagner teammate and former Villanova player Reggie Redding, who played in the 2009 Final Four:

“I think (Wagner’s) going to have to make some adjustments, because learning how to play over (in Europe) is a little different than how they play back in the states. But he’s got the skill, he’s got the attitude and the hunger to be good so I think it’ll happen pretty quickly for him.”