5. Moe Wagner, Michigan
Wagner’s strengths (shooting, rebounding and feel) are obvious, but his weaknesses are equally clear. He isn’t a particularly high-level athlete relative to most players at his position in the NBA, and it is unclear if he will ever become passable on defense. Those limitations probably aren’t enough to torpedo his draft stock, though Wagner may well decide to use his final year of college eligibility anyway.
There is a clear role for a player like Wagner: space the floor, free up guards with solid screens and slip passes to teammates when the opportunity presents itself. Wagner has the skill and the smarts to do all three. But given the excess of qualified big men in the NBA, those elements alone don’t necessarily promise a rotation spot. Wagner seldom acts as a playmaker and will struggle defensively when he enters the league. It’s likely he’ll need to add another facet or two to his game to round out his profile as a prospect.