Moritz Wagners stock climbs in latest ESPN mock draft

Former Michigan center Moritz Wagner is moving on up in the projections.In ESPN’s updated NBA mock draft released Monday (pay site), Wagner has slid into the first round and is slotted to be the No. 29 pick by the Brooklyn Nets.”The Nets don’t have much in the way of shooting in the frontcourt and aren’t really committed to any 4s or 5s long term besides promising rookie Jarrett Allen and the dead-weight contract of Timofey Mozgov,” ESPN’s Jonathan Givony writes.”Wagner brings floor spacing and a high-energy style of play. He was one of the breakout players of March, leading Michigan to a Big Ten title and a surprise run to the NCAA championship game.”Wagner (6-foot-11, 245 pounds) led Michigan in scoring (15 points) and rebounding (7.3) in the NCAA Tournament. He also finished the season as the team’s leading scorer (14.6 points) and rebounder (7.1) as well as its top 3-point shooter (39.4 percent).More: Michigan’s Moritz Wagner: Combine ‘stressful’ but he feels better preparedHe had been projected by most analysts to be an early-to-mid second-round pick (mid-to-late 40s range) since Michigan’s season ended in the national title game.Wagner could continue to improve his stock in the NBA Draft Combine this week in Chicago, although he won’t participate in the 5-on-5 games.Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr. and Miles Bridges, on the other hand, are both holding steady as projected lottery picks in June’s draft.Jackson (6-11, 242) is predicted to go No. 4 overall to the Atlanta Hawks after averaging 10.9 points and 5.8 rebounds and setting a single-season program record with 106 blocks.