Franz Wagner ready to work to be 'best basketball player I can' in Orlando
Franz Wagner was the first B1G player selected in Thursday night’s NBA Draft. The former Michigan star was taken with the No. 8 pick, going to the Orlando Magic.
Wagner joins his brother, Moe, in Orlando for his rookie season.
The versatile wing is capable of scoring at the rim and knocking down shots from the perimeter. He’s capable of defending multiple positions on the floor. Everything you want in a lottery pick, Wagner possesses.
After being taken in the first round on Thursday, Wagner was asked what he brings to Orlando. He had a pretty good answer to the question.
“A lot of versatility, someone that always wants to learn, always wants to get better, is never satisfied,” Wagner said, per 247Sports. “I’m going to work my butt off in Orlando to become the best basketball player I can be and impact the team’s game as much as possible.”
Wagner spent two seasons at Michigan, playing under Juwan Howard. He started in all 55 games he played during his two years with the Wolverines, averaging 12 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2 assists per contest for his career.
In Michigan’s 2020-21 season, Wagner averaged 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. The Wolverines were regular season B1G champions and earned a trip to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament.