Report: 6-10 German prospect to visit UM this weekend

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

Ann Arbor — With six freshmen and just one senior on the roster this season, Michigan coach John Beilein didn't have a lot of scholarships available for next season as he traveled the country on recruiting trips.

As senior center Max Bielfeldt prepares for his final regular-season home game Saturday against Rutgers, the Wolverines could have another prospect in the stands looking to assume the same position next season.

German big man Moritz Wagner, a 6-foot-10, 205-pound stretch power forward, reportedly will be at Crisler Center for a visit. Although Wagner is playing for club team Alba Berlin in the Euroleague, he's reportedly interested in playing college basketball — and is considering Michigan, according to Scout.com's Evan Daniels.

"From the video I've been able to get my hands on, Wagner's all around skill set is what immediately stands out," Daniels wrote. "He has impressive hands, good touch around the basket and can score both facing the rim and with his back to it."

Although Wagner doesn't hold a scholarship offer, Daniels wrote that Beilein has been to Germany to visit Wagner.

With Bielfeldt's departure to play a fifth season elsewhere, UM would be left with Ricky Doyle and Mark Donnal. Although freshman D.J. Wilson, who is redshirting this year, could be an option in the middle, Beilein could see Wagner as a prototype power forward.

Beilein was asked about how he planned to use the one scholarship — it's unclear whether Caris LeVert will return potentially to add another — to bring in another big man.

"You just never know," Beilein said, with a wry smile. "We survey the landscape and best address our needs. You cannot go into this thing blind — after what you've seen the past few years."