Who knows if Wagner leaves for the draft, but either way there are two home games and a handful of other one left this year, so let’s appreciate what he’s doing. A big who can shoot 3s, put in on the floor, and clean up the defensive boards is huge.
Amazingly, Mo has become one of the best defensive rebounders in the conference and in the country. In Dylan’s preseason over/under, he took the under on 3 double-doubles, and it was totally reasonable. Mo has 6, including 3 in the Big Ten.
Despite a couple clunkers and a mid-season injury, he’s averaging 15 and 7 with 40% 3pt shooting for the season, 14 and 7 with 41% 3pt in the conference – and doing it without a guy like Walton setting him up night in and night out. He also walked into Breslin and dominated MSU with 27 and 8 (on 13 shots and 8 FTs), leading the team to a hugely satisfying win that’s also the cornerstone of the tourney resume.
And he’s keeping his emotions in check but still leading the team in enthusiasm and encouragement. Plus he’s turning it on down the stretch, averaging 19-10 over the last three games.
He may not have turned (so far) into the surefire first round pick we might have hoped for, and he may still have defensive weaknesses, but he’s having a great season and having fun doing it.