Michigan's Franz Wagner makes decision on future basketball plans
There was a time when Michigan was concerned about whether or not Franz Wagner would commit to play college basketball in Ann Arbor or if he’d take the professional route. This offseason, the Wolverines have been wondering whether or not the 6-foot-8 guard would return to school or declare for the NBA Draft.
Wagner has made his decision.
On Thursday, the University of Michigan tweeted out that Wagner has decided to return to Michigan for his sophomore season. That’s a huge boost for Juwan Howard and the Wolverines heading into the 2020-21 campaign.
“It’s important for me to thank Coach Howard and the staff for not only giving me the time to think about this decision, but also help me gather as much information as I could,” said Wagner, according to UMGoBlue.com. “Returning to Michigan is the right step for me not only as a basketball player, but as a person, too. This first season was a transition, competitive, fun and one of growth. I am very much looking forward to getting back to Ann Arbor and living that again.”
Wagner was named to the All-B1G Freshman team following the 2019-20 season. He averaged 11.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game while appearing in 27 contests for the Wolverines. Wagner also shot better than 45 percent from the floor and 31 percent from 3-point range.
Wagner scored in double figures 17 times last season, recording a career-high 21 points in a non-conference overtime loss to Oregon. He also posted one double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in a loss to Ohio State.
Michigan finished last season with a 19-12 record and a 10-10 mark in B1G play.