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Michigan’s Mo Wagner declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent

After a prosperous junior season in Ann Arbor and a deep run in the NCAA Tournament, Mo Wagner announced Saturday morning that he is headed to the NBA. Wagner is not “testing the waters” of the draft, either, as he will sign with an agent, forgoing college eligibility.

In an essay for The Players’ Tribune, Wagner noted his inspiration had been Dirk Nowitzki, another native of Germany.

“I’ve had this poster since 2011, the year the Mavericks won the NBA title. I was 14 years old at the time, and just beginning to figure out who I was as an athlete and a person. And to see this big German dude, with this unique game, beating this stacked Miami team with LeBron and D-Wade and Bosh and all of those guys? Man, it was something else. It was the first time in my life that I realized what winning can actually mean to people. I had Dirk Fever, you know? So I got this poster.`

I put it on my bedroom wall in Berlin — and every day, I would see it, and it would be this reminder. Of how, like, O.K., Moe, it’s this guy from your country, and here he is making NBA All-Star, and winning MVP, and leading his team to the championship … and it’s crazy, because he was just a teenage kid in Germany, like me, not so long ago. But now he’s doing all of these amazing things on the basketball court. That was inspiring.”

Wagner led Michigan to a Big Ten tournament title and a National Championship game berth — averaging 14.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG and 53 percent shooting. Wagner is currently projected in one mock draft to be a middle second-round selection, going in the mid-forties.