Brotherly love apparently has helped the Michigan men’s basketball team land German guard Franz Wagner, the younger sibling of former Wolverines standout Moritz Wagner. Franz Wagner signed a tender of financial aid and became the second member of Michigan’s Class of 2019, head coach Juwan Howard announced Saturday.
“We are extremely excited to announce Franz has committed to join the University of Michigan in the fall,” Howard said in a statement. “Franz gives us another talented guard with size who possesses a wonderful basketball IQ and a growing skill set that could be impactful for us right away.”
Four-star signee Cole Bajema from Lynden, Wash., is the other member of Michigan’s 2019 class.
Before arriving in Ann Arbor, Mich., Berlin’s Franz Wagner plans to play for Germany in the FIBA Under-18 European Championship in Greece from July 27 to Aug. 4.
“I am extremely excited about this opportunity,” Wagner said in a Michigan press release. “I cannot wait to get on campus and meet everybody.”
Listed at 6-foot 7, Wagner reportedly chose Michigan over signing a professional contract with Alba Berlin of the Basketball Bundesliga, the top professional basketball league in Germany.
Last season, Wagner played on a dual contract with Alba Berlin and SSV lok Bernau Alba in the German ProB league. In 35 games (six starts) with Alba Berlin, he averaged 4.6 points and 1.3 rebounds a game, shooting 52.9 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from 3-point range.
Moritz Wagner, a native of Berlin who averaged career highs in points (14.6) and rebounds (7.1), among other categories, while playing 27.6 minutes per game as an All-Big Ten player with the Wolverines in 2017-18, decided to forgo his final season of college eligibility to enter the 2018 NBA Draft. The 6-11 forward was a first-round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers and is a current member of the Washington Wizards.