ESPN Analyst Predicts Moe Wagner's Draft Stock

ESPN Analyst Predicts Moe Wagner's Draft Stock

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ESPN Analyst Predicts Moe Wagner's Draft Stock


Jay Bilas gave his last-minute thoughts on the Michigan C/F just days before the NBA Draft.


ESPN Analyst Predicts Moe Wagner’s Draft Stock

Moe Wagner will know his fate in a mere matter of hours at this point.

Some Michigan fans wondered if he needed to return to Ann Arbor for a final year, but the stats spoke for themselves — and Wagner is set to be an NBA player when the NBA Draft takes place on Thursday.

ESPN analyst Jay Bilas held a teleconference on Monday to discuss all-things NBA Draft, and when asked about what he sees in Wagner, he says he really likes the potential.

While he doesn’t know if Wagner will follow in former teammate D.J. Wilson’s footsteps going in the 20s, Bilas does know that whoever selects Wagner will be happy with their selection for years to come.

“I think Mo is going to be a solid NBA player,” Bilas said on the conference call. “I think he’s a very late first-round or early second-round pick. He’s got — obviously he’s got good size and can stretch the floor a bit. He’s a skilled big guy that can make a play. He’s disciplined and does a good job of putting a body on somebody and boxing out. He’s not a great rebounder, but he does do a great job of boxing out on every possession; and he’s gotten better and better throughout the course of his young career.

“He plays hard, and I think he’s going to need to continue to improve on the defensive end. He’s not really a shot blocker, and he’s not a high-volume rebounder, but in today’s game he can play out on the perimeter and draw big guys away from the basket and he can make open shots. So I think he’s got a chance to be a good NBA player.”

Wagner, a native of Germany, famously has modeled his game after longtime Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitski.

Bilas was asked if he sees a comparison to Nowitski or any other player, and he said he can’t find a proper measurement where Wagner fits nicely into another existing player’s skill set.

Much like how Jim Harbaugh — Michigan’s football coach — doesn’t like to make comparisons, neither does Bilas.

“That’s the one thing I’ve always been terrible at is the comparison game, because I wind up going by what a guy looks like rather than what his — height, weight, athleticism level is, and so I don’t really keep a list of that,” Bilas said. “I just go by what I think of the player. Sorry about that. That’s always been — even though, you know, sort of draft analysis is that there’s a big part of it that goes toward comparables, that’s the one area where I’ve never felt comfortable making comps.”

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