After today’s announcement, make it three Wolverines in three days leaving the program.
Michigan junior forward Moritz Wagner officially declared for the NBA Saturday morning. He tweeted out an article he wrote titled “Thank you, Michigan” for The Players’ Tribune.
Wagner goes deep into detail about how his favorite NBA player, Dirk Nowitzki, shaped his childhood and into the player he is today, and like many young players it all started with a poster on his wall. Read the story for more details, because it is a real nice read.
The German-born Michigan star averaged 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game this past season, helping to guide Michigan to the NCAA Championship. He also put up 24/15 in the Final Four and 16/7 in the championship.
Needless to say, you could tell he wanted that championship.
From the early season struggles last year to the plane crash to the two Big Ten Tournament Championships to the NCAA Championship, Wagner has been through as much as any Wolverine that I can remember. Despite coming up short in the title game, he did a ton of winning at Michigan and will be one of the most remembered names in U-M hoops for a long time.
Thank you for everything, Moe! Good luck in the NBA. Wolverine nation will always have your back.