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Report: Michigan’s Wagner, Wilson invited to NBA Combine

James Hawkins
The Detroit News
D.J. Wilson and Moritz Wagner

Michigan’s Moritz Wagner and D.J. Wilson are taking the next step in the NBA draft process.

The two big men have been invited to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago from May 9-14, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

Goodman also reported that Derrick Walton Jr. has been listed as an alternate for the multi-day showcase. Walton opted not to take part in the Portsmouth Invitational – an annual showcase for college seniors – earlier this month, while Zak Irvin did. Irvin averaged 10.3 points (50-percent shooting), 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals over three games in the tournament.

Walton has signed with Priority Sports and agent Mark Bartelstein, and Irvin with Edge Sports and agent Keith Kreiter. Wagner and Wilson have not hired any representation and have the option to return to Michigan for their junior seasons as long as they withdraw their names from draft consideration by the NCAA’s May 24 deadline.

For Wagner and Wilson, the combine is a prime opportunity to test themselves against other top talent and gather information about their draft stock.

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Earlier this week, Michigan coach John Beilein said Wagner and Wilson have been training for the draft back at home – Wagner in Germany and Wilson in Sacramento – and Michigan’s staff has been scheduling workouts for them.

Wilson and Irvin were scheduled to participate in a pre-draft workout with the Utah Jazz on Saturday.

In recent mock drafts, ESPN’s Chad Ford has Wagner at No. 24 and Wilson at No. 29, DraftExpress.com has Wilson projected to be the No. 35 pick, and DraftSite.com has Wilson at No. 20, Wagner at No. 38 and Irvin at No. 49.