Monday, July 8, 2019

Michigan Monday: Welcomes Franz and Iggy goes off in the Summer League

When Juwan got the head coaching job at Michigan he had a lot to do immediately.   Number one, he had to put a coaching staff together and number two, he had to solve the problem for next years team that lost 3 players to the NBA Draft.

Juwan moved quickly on the staff but it seemed next years team was taking another step back with the loss of Jalen Wilson to Kansas.  Over the weekend, that team took a major step forward with the signing of Mo Wagner's brother Franz from Germany.

Franz picked the Wolverines over playing pro ball in Germany.  He is a 6'7 wing and will play multiple positions at Michigan.  He also isn't done growing as some recent reports have him closer to 6'9.  Franz wasn't rated by the recruiting services but most expect he would end up in the high 4 star range and probably ranked between 30-40 nationally.

Franz was a youngster on the his German pro team that featured familiar names Derrick Walton and former Louisville guard Peyton Silva who are considerably older and experienced players.   Franz played 11 minutes a game and averaged 4 points per.  He also played for a Germany Pro-B team where he averaged 16 points per game.  He is known as a shooter and strong defensive player and many believe is farther in his development at this stage then is NBA brother.

Funny side note: Franz took his official visit to Michigan while Coach B was announcing he was going to the Cavs.   Hat tip to Saddi Washington and the former Michigan coaches that hosted him on that trip.

Michigan just got a starter on next years team that now has higher expectations then it did a week ago.

  • In Summer League news, Iggy went off last night and scored 30 as first round draft pick RJ Barrett struggles.

  • Jordan Poole went for 21 in a Sumer League win over the Raptors on Sunday. 

  • Duncan Robinson also went for 20 as he is trying to win a roster spot on the Heat.   That roster now has Jimmy Butler and could add Westbrook in a trade.

  • Mo Wagner will also get some summer league touches as his trade to the Wizards is now official. 

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