Moritz Wagner is one of the most beloved Michigan Wolverines basketball players of all-time for countless reasons, chief among them his flair for the dramatic.
While Wagner will probably never be found competing in an NBA dunk contest, his game can best be described as smooth, polished, and unpredictable, as Michigan State’s Nick Ward found out back in 2018.
Moe Wagner sent Nick Ward flying.
He led the way for Michigan all day. pic.twitter.com/hPuw0Tns5d
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) January 13, 2018
While Wagner’s career has been up and down in the NBA thus far, his full fledged German swagger was on full display in “Deutschland’s” 75-64 Olympic clinching victory over the Brazilian team on Sunday, as evidenced by the highlights below.
Mo Wagner’s 28-Point Highlight Reel vs. Brazil: Is He the 2021 Olympics X-Factor?
Some highlights of Wagner’s flagship 28 point day can be seen below.
The German team includes Wagner, another former, prospective Michigan Wolverines recruit in Robin Benzing, and current NBA role player Isaac Bonga of the Washington Wizards, Wagner’s former teammate, among others.
According to a Monday report from SB Nation, Lakers point guard Dennis Schröder also wants to suit up with Wagner in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics now if the team will let him.
Meanwhile, Wagner, who was traded to Boston, let go, and found a new home in Orlando this past season, looks as fluid and locked in as humanly possible according to the highlights from Sunday’s game.
His highlight reel started with a steal and flush on the breakaway against the Brazilian team, which featured an aging Anderson Varejao and few if any other well known names.
Wagner continued with a nifty crossover, spin move and finish, before adding to his totals with a dead-eye three-pointer and a tough bucket in traffic.
— Swish Cultures (@swishcultures_) July 5, 2021
Making the performance even more remarkable is that Wagner came off the bench.
While it remains to be seen whether or not he’ll get more playing time as the big show in Tokyo draws closer, one thing’s for sure: it never gets tiring watching the Berlin-born star’s smooth game, especially for Michigan fans who watched him do his thing in Ann Arbor for three unforgettable years.