Franz Wagner is officially headed for the NBA, as the University of Michigan sophomore told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that he would be entering the 2021 draft after a strong showing in this year's March Madness tournament.
Wagner wrote about his decision in The Players' Tribune, admitting that he was "feeling a lot of emotions" because of how much he loved playing at Michigan. But while it was a "tough decision," ultimately, the 19-year-old German said that it was the right decision for him to make.
"I’m hopeful, more than anything — as playing in the NBA has been a big dream of mine," Wagner wrote. "It’s something I’ve been working extremely hard for. And after talking with my coaches and my family, I know it’s something I’m ready for."
This season, Wagner established himself as one of the best defensive prospects in college, as he helped the Wolverines reach the Elite Eight while averaging 12.5 points, six rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Before declaring, he was ESPN's highest-ranked undeclared prospect and many expect him to be a lottery pick in this year's draft.
Assuming Wagner is drafted, he will become the second member of his family to reach the NBA. His brother, Moe Wagner, currently plays for the Orlando Magic.