Not easy to scratch a place among the lottery picks of a Draft, after two seasons in the NCAA in recent years. Yet this is what Franz Wagner managed to do on Thursday, in particular thanks to his impressive new physique.
Fans of the Lakers, Wizards, Celtics and Magic have gotten to know Mo Wagner since 2018. They will now be able to discover his little brother, Franz, with whom he will team up from next season. Selected by Orlando with the 8th pick of the 2021 Draft, the Michigan college product should benefit from easier integration into its new environment, thanks to the presence of its elder.
At just 19 years old, the German U18 international will bring his qualities as an all-around player to the wing. His averages over his sophomore season in the NCAA, of 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, are enough to intrigue his new supporters. In recent hours, however, it is its physical transformation, carried out during the coronavirus pandemic, in 2020, that has caught the attention of Internet users. And for good reason.
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Listed at 86 kilograms when he left the high school circuit, Franz Wagner today peaks at 100 kilograms according to the final measurements concerning him. It could even be that this value has evolved further, the prospect having refused to be weighed during the Combine. Anyway, this new build should allow him to withstand the impact and intensity of the NBA much better.
He also judged during his pre-Draft press conference, reported by Josh Schrock from NBC Sports, that he had all the qualities to quickly adapt to the game of the league.
I feel I can shoot, dribble, defend well, and score multiple positions. I think that will allow me to integrate well in the NBA. I know how to read the game well and how to play in a system, and I believe that will help me fit into any team. But I also think that I still have a lot of progress to make.
The Magic fanbase can therefore have great hopes for the newcomer to the Florida workforce, all the more so in view of the summary he draws up of his profile.
I think this combination of maturity in my game, and the fact that I can immediately integrate myself, while still being able to improve a lot, makes me unique in this Draft.
Fluet on his arrival in NCAA, Franz Wagner no longer has any complexes to have concerning his size. No wonder the canvas ignites, faced with such a progression on the physical plane.