This World Cup for Germany began with great fear of losing Franz Wagner after injuring his knee, eventually tests ruled out a serious injury and the player kept on concentrating. While his side reached the quarterfinals against Latvia, the player prepared and started training on Wednesday. To the surprise of many, he was already on the bench for the game against the Baltic team, even though he hadn’t trained in a group with his peers. He played a good 25 minutes with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. In the semifinals they meet the USA in search of their first final.
Franz Wagner turned 22 on August 27 at the World Cup with Germany. Even the first years of his career at Alba Berlin suggested that he would be a great player. In his first season at Alba Berlin, he was able to win his first individual award as the best young player in the Bundesliga. He would, like Aday Mara’s case, decide to make the leap to the NCAA to capitalize on North American college basketball at the University of Michigan. He averaged 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists over those two seasons before making the NBA draft. He was picked in pick number 8 by the Orlando Magic and achieved such good records that they allowed him to be part of the rookie quintet. Last season, he averaged 18.6 points, 3.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 80 regular-season games. He joined the German team to lead the medal search and classification for the next Olympic Games together with Schröder.
The last Eurobasket was proof of what we missed at this World Cup: 15.2 points in 26 minutes. almost with 50% triples and 60% field goals. In the game against Latvia in the quarterfinals we already saw what he’s capable of, scoring from outside so the defense doesn’t just have to defend in the zone. His great view of the game and his handling of the ball allow Dennis Schroeder to be the great organizer of the team when Dennis Schroeder is not around. Its large wingspan of 2.08 makes it very dangerous when heading towards the basket. The defense is also a great thing, allowing the German coach to form quintets with him and Isaac Bonga to hold off the rivals. Latvia suffered from combining on the outside, the individual defense that allows them to do so, forces them to rely more on the outside shot.
Duel of friends
In the semifinals, they face two key players in the Orlando franchise: Banchero and Franz Wagner. They’ve been first-round draft picks for the past two years and have already shown what they’re capable of in their first season together. This year they could be one of the greatest young couples in the league. There will be a third Magic player, Moritz Wagner. Mo is a key player in the European rotation, replacing Daniel Theis. Great external success and impressive physique on both sides of the track.