Moe Wagner declares for National Basketball Association draft

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MI junior big man Moritz Wagner has chose to forego his remaining year of college eligibility and enter his name into the 2018 NBA Draft. The Michigan big man announced his plans with an essay written for The Players' Tribune.

Moe Wagner helped the Michigan Wolverines reach the 2018 national championship game, and now he's headed to the NBA.

Saying it was time to "take the next big step", Wagner declared he "decided to sign with an agent and enter the 2018 NBA Draft".

This year, he led the team in both points (14.6) and rebounds (7.1), showcasing both an inside and outside game that was a nightmare for opposing defenses to match up against. As a result, the Mavericks will get one extra combination (out of 1000) in the Draft Lottery to be held May 15, plus the right to pick before the Hawks if neither team wins a top-3 pick in the Lottery. Obviously, it matters. But that's not why I'm taking this next step.

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"I know this school means a lot of different things to a lot of different people ... and maybe this is going to sound corny", Wagner wrote.

Beilein released a statement following Wagner's decision. "Moe has been a very special young man in his three years at MI", it read. "Coming to the United States at 18 years old and thriving the way he has is an fantastic story", head coach John Beilein said. "That part of his personality will always be a part of MI basketball lore". "I am confident he has a brilliant future awaiting him", he said.

Wagner told MGoBlue.com he intends to complete his MI degree through online classes over the next year.

Considered a borderline first-round prospect, Wagner is highly likely to hear his name called June 21.

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