Moritz Wagner is a giant of a basketball player, and we mean this literally because of his size. He comes from Germany and currently plays professional basketball as a striker for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Before going pro, he played the sport from high school to college at the University of Michigan. Although he initially declared his eligibility for the NBA draft without an agent, he revoked that action and was fortunately selected by the Lakers as the 25th general choice in the 2018 NBA draft. In the same year, he was appointed to the Final Four All-Tournament Team as well as the All-Tournament Team of the Western Region. More interesting facts about his career and private life can be found below.
Moritz Wagner’s Bio
Victor Moritz “Moe” Wagner, popularly known as Moritz Wagner, was born on April 26, 1997, in Berlin, Germany, and attended the Rosa Luxemburg High School. He has loved basketball for the longest time he can remember. This interest and passion led him to join the youth of Alba Berlin. This practically started his career in basketball. It was in the 2011-2012 season when he played for the U-16 Bundesliga team for the first time. In the following season, Moritz developed into a key player of the team.
In the 2014-2015 season, he made his debut in the German top group and secured a place in the Berlin Bundesliga. In this debut, in which his team played against BG Göttingen, Moritz Wagner scored six solid points in 6 minutes and 15 seconds.
Given his performance in the Bundesliga team, a former coaching acquaintance of John Beilein, the head coach of the University of Michigan basketball team, sent him a video of Moritz showing the young player’s skills. After watching this video, Beilein wanted to make further inquiries, and so he contacted Johannes Herber, a former player of Alba Beilein, whom he coached for four years during his studies at West Virginia University.
Wagner later announced his desire to attend college at the University of Michigan in the 2015-2016 season. Furthermore, he only wanted to be part of the basketball team, but not to play professionally per se. As a newcomer to Michigan, he participated in the “First Four Rounds of the NCAA Men’s Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament of the NCAA 2016” on March 16, in which Tulsa lost 67-62 to Michigan. During the season, Moritz Wagner scored four blocks, blocked two shots throughout the season, and had a total of eight rebounds. At the end of his rookie year, he finished the season with 2.9 points, an average of 8.6 minutes, and 1.6 rebounds.
Moritz Wagner was named the most valuable player after his impressive performance in the championship match of the Big Ten tournament against Purdue on March 4, 2018. In that match, he helped his team win the Big Ten Tournament Championship for the second year in a row, after scoring 17 points in total. He also received 6.5 rebounds to 15.8 points. At the end of the season, Moritz Wagner scored a total of three points, a team record of 39.4%, 7.1 rebounds, and a total score of 52.8%.
He undoubtedly had an excellent run playing for the Michigan team, and this paid off very well when he was 25th in the 2018 NBA draft, and his rookie contract was signed with the Lakers on July 1, 2018. It is also interesting to note that Moritz Wagner was part of his national team in Germany, which won a gold medal at the 2014 European Under-18 Championship (Division B) in Bulgaria. Moritz Wagner also achieved the highest individual scores for Germany at the 2017 FIBA European Championships for under-20s, with an average of 16.1 points per competition.
Speaking of the NBA player’s family: The father’s name is Beate Wagner, the mother’s name is Axel Schulz. According to reports, Moritz’s mother sometimes travels very far just to watch her son play and excel in his chosen career. Further information about his family cannot be verified at the moment, as Moritz prefers to keep it away from the prying eyes of the public and possibly the media.
Height And Weight
It is no hidden secret that an above-average height is a basic requirement when it comes to basketball as a sport. This doesn’t mean that a person of average height can’t play the game, it’s just that in order to be truly successful in the game, you only need that extra height. Besides, you don’t want to look like the dwarf among the great athletes, do you? One thing is for sure with Wagner, he scores big in this department because he stands tall at a gigantic 2.13 m (2.13 feet) on a slim frame and a body mass of 109 kg (241 lbs).