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Moritz Wagner explains Dirk Nowtizki was his Michael Jordan growing up

Moritz Wagner Dirk Nowitzki

One of the more NBA-ready prospects in the draft pool is German-born Moritz Wagner, a kid who just revealed just how special Dirk Nowitzki is to him.

According to an interview with Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype, Wagner revealed that the Dallas Mavericks future Basketball Hall of Fame big man was his Micheal Jordan growing up overseas.

“I’m always flattered and shocked by any kind of direct comparisons to Dirk because that’s my MJ, you know? I had his poster on my wall and it motivated me every day. He made me believe that this was all possible. He was just another boy from Germany as well. Shooting is something that I always enjoyed, and I remember thinking, ‘If he can do it, why can’t I?’ That was my mindset. He’s definitely an idol of mine and one of my favorite players of all-time.”

Wagner, 21, is a 6-foot-11 big man whose talents translate well to the Association.

He’s a big body who can shoot—that stretch four every NBA personnel decision-maker is looking to acquire for the roster.

In three seasons at Michigan, he showcased those talents beautifully with a 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game mark over the course of 39 games this past season. He even shot an extremely efficient .528 from the floor for a dangerous Wolverines squad.

All of this and more has made the kid a prominent prospect in the available pool for the 2018 NBA Draft. Not only did the kid love Dirk Nowitzki as a youngster, he’s phenomenally similar in basketball stature and skill.