It took a very long time but John Beilein and the Michigan basketball coaching staff finally landed a 2015 commit and it only took going over the pond to get him as German forward Mortiz Wagner has committed to the Wolverines.
Wagner is a sneaky athletic forward for Alba Berlin that can score from all over the court. He has the ability to handle the rock, hit the three and score off of the dribble. His versatility should fit Beilein’s style very well after some coaching and time in the weight room/at Camp Sanderson.
Here are his stats, via UMHoops:
In the NBBL (German youth league), Wagner is averaging 17 points, 5 rebounds, two assists and two steals per game while shooting 61% on twos and 30% on threes. He also averaged 9.6 points and 5.4 rebounds during the Adidas Next Generation U18 Tournament, helping Alba Berlin to a third-place finish.
Landing the German star was a slow process for Michigan. His name came up as a possible 2015 target back in the fall and finally offered him in early March during a visit to Ann Arbor. After that, it came down to him moving to the States or staying with his club team. However, his goal is the NBA and college basketball is the best way for him to get there.
- Height: 6’9”
- Weight: 205lbs
- Hometown (Club): Berlin, Berlin (Alba Berlin)
As for the Rest of the Class: Wagner is the first and likely only commitment for the 2015 class. The only other options would be if Michigan went after John Glenn (MI) big man Mike Edwards or if they shock the world and land #1 overall player and SF Jaylen Brown.