Michigan standout sophomores Moe Wagner and D.J. Wilson announced on Monday they are entering the NBA Draft, but neither will sign with an agent in order to test their draft stocks.
Moe Wagner and D.J. Wilson both had breakout performances in the NCAA Tournament to help lead Michigan to the Sweet 16 during a wild late-season run.
Now, both could be off to the NBA.
The Wolverines’ sophomores announced Monday that they’ll be entering the NBA Draft but won’t sign with an agent. Wilson posted his intentions on Twitter first, with Wagner following shortly after. Both have until May 24th to remove their names from the Draft in order to return to school.
Wagner averaged 12.1 points while starting all 38 games for Michigan this past season, way up from the 2.9 points he averaged in limited minutes as a freshman. He scored a career-high 26 points as No. 7 seed Michigan upset second-seeded Louisville in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The 6-foot-11 forward is slotted as the No. 25 overall pick in ESPN analyst Chad Ford’s latest mock draft and likely will remain in the NBA Draft if he receives guarantees he’ll be a first-round pick.
“I appreciate all the support I continue to receive at the University of Michigan,” Wagner wrote. “After talking with the coaches and my family, I have decided to enter my name in the NBA draft without hiring an agent.”
Wilson is an athletic 6-foot-10 forward who, like Wagner, took major steps forward in his redshirt sophomore season. He averaged 11 points this past season but averaged 16.3 over Michigan’s final six games.
“I give glory to God each and every day for allowing me to be a part of the University of Michigan and our basketball program,” Wilson wrote. “With that being said, after discussing with my family and coaches, I will be entering my name into the NBA draft without hiring an agent.”
Wilson isn’t considered to be a first-round pick at the moment, and he’s the more likely of the two Michigan early entrants to return to school for the 2017-18 season.