Moe’s moment: Michigan big man Wagner living NCAA dreams

SAN ANTONIO (AP) When Moe Wagner gets frustrated during Michigan’s practices, he’ll sometimes turn away from his teammates and let loose with a loud, multisyllabic string of what his teammates can only assume are profanities.

”When he swears in German, that’s the funniest thing ever,” said center Jon Teske, Wagner’s roommate. ”He’ll make a mistake or something, and he’ll just go off in the corner and (scream) these really long words. We’ll be like, `What are you talking about?’ But that emotion is a big part of him.”

More than his size or his vocabulary choices, Wagner’s passion for basketball is his defining feature to teammates and coaches at Michigan. That passion first got him fascinated with college basketball while growing up in a country where the NCAA system is largely unknown, and that passion spurred him to leave Berlin for Ann Arbor to experience it for himself.

”College basketball is crazy,” Wagner said Sunday. ”It’s something very unique, and I think people here don’t (understand) how unique it is, because where I’m from, there’s nothing like that.”

Wagner nearly turned pro last summer, but he has turned his extra March at Michigan into a showcase during a series of impressive performances. With strength, skill and enough grace to tiptoe through the television broadcast crew while chasing a loose ball off

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