Michigan Wolverines basketball guard Franz Wagner is expected to be a first-round draft pick.
Michigan Wolverines basketball sophomore guard Franz Wagner formally revealed his departure from U-M previously today, concluding an impressive two-year profession in Ann Arbor.
Wagner is considered as essentially a lock to enter the preliminary of this year’s NBA Draft, with current prognostications just strengthening that belief.
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Sam Vecenie — among the most reputable and relied on NBA Draft professionals in the market — launched his newest mock draft on TheAthletic.com today, and had Wagner coming off the board at No. 11 total to the Indiana Pacers.
Vecenie had Wagner as without a doubt the greatest gamer from the Big 10 being selected, with Illinois junior guard Ayo Dosonmu monitoring in next at No. 23 and Michigan State junior forward Aaron Henry likewise slipping into the preliminary at No. 30.
“Wagner is an interesting 3-and-D prospect with real size at 6-9,” Vecenie composed. “His movement is terrific, with great lateral quickness. He can guard a variety of perimeter players on the ball, but his off-ball instincts are absolutely spectacular.
“He understands precisely where to be positionally, and his reactivity to get deflections is impressive. The huge concern focuses on his shot, which reoccurs far frequently.
“In some cases, he appears like a legitimate 40 percent 3-point shooter in the future. Other times, he appears like a 30 percent man and completely non-confident in the jumper mechanics. Whichever one he is will identify his profession.
“If he becomes that high-level shooter, he’ll be a very high-level role player. If he doesn’t, he’s more in the vein of his brother, Moritz, as an end-of-the-rotation guy. The Pacers need someone like this within their core, a defense-first wing who can pass and be relatively low-usage for wings such as Caris LeVert and T.J. Warren to focus on scoring.
“The group has likewise had a hard time a lot on defense in the minutes and video games that [big man]
Myles Turner has actually missed this season. This is another outstanding fit on draft night if the Pacers wind up with Wagner since he actually fits from a positional viewpoint rotationally in addition to a team-need viewpoint.”
A recent mock draft from NBC Sports’ James Ham April 25, meanwhile, had Wagner going just two spots later, at No. 13 overall to the Golden State Warriors. Sure enough, Ham also had Wagner as the highest selection from the Big Ten, with Dosonmu being the only other conference player he had going in the first round (No. 24 to the Houston Rockets).
“Wagner can score, rebound and he’s establishing as a secondary supplier,” Ham wrote. “He has a fast release and a tidy stroke from long variety, although his numbers don’t leap off the page.
“A high basketball IQ player, Wagner moves well without the ball and isn’t afraid to take the big shot. He has good size for an NBA wing, although he is an average athlete at best.
“The Warriors opted for a various kind of gamer in [center] James Wiseman last season and the shift hasn’t precisely been smooth. They like multi positional gamers that can shoot, pass and suit their system.
“Wagner fits the bill and he has some upside.”
CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish, lastly, was the least high up on Wagner of the lot, though he still had the 6-9 German going easily in the preliminary. Parrish forecasted Wagner to go No. 21 total to the New york city Knicks in his April 25 mock draft, and really had Dosonmu going 5 areas greater at No. 16.
“Wagner is a wing with size who has great feel and is a good passer,” the CBS Sports expert composed. “His 3-point shot must improve for him to meet expectations, but the fact that he shot 83.3% from the free-throw line suggests he’s capable of being an above-average shooter in time.”
The NBA Draft will happen July 29 in Brooklyn.
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.