Dajuan Wagner

Dajuan Wagner

Wagner with the Cavaliers
Personal information
Born (1983-02-04) February 4, 1983
Camden, New Jersey
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Camden (Camden, New Jersey)
College Memphis (2001–2002)
NBA draft 2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Playing career 2002–2007
Position Point guard
Number 2, 0
Career history
20022005 Cleveland Cavaliers
2006 Golden State Warriors
2007 Prokom Trefl Sopot
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Dajuan Marquett Wagner (born February 4, 1983) is an American former professional basketball player. He is the son of former University of Louisville and National Basketball Association (NBA) player Milt Wagner[1] and left the NBA because of debilitating health problems early into his career. He was drafted 6th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2002 NBA draft.

Early life

In Wagner's career at Camden High School he once scored 100 points in a high school game. Wagner averaged 42.5 points as a senior, scored 3,462 points in high school (the most in New Jersey high school history, breaking former high school star Lorne Singleton's scoring record of 3,451 points), and scored 25 points in the McDonald's All-American Game.[2] Wagner is considered by many to be the greatest high school basketball player in New Jersey history.[3][4]

College career

He played one year of college basketball at the University of Memphis. His coach, John Calipari, revoked Wagner's scholarship after his freshman year to force him to enter the NBA, because Calipari believed that Wagner should not avoid the money he would receive as a first-round draft pick.[5][6]

Professional career

Wagner was chosen with the sixth overall pick of the 2002 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Often compared to Allen Iverson for his scoring ability, in his rookie season he averaged 13.4 points per game and shot 36.9% from the field. In the latter part of his rookie year, Wagner often attended the trial of his stepfather Leonard "Pooh" Paulk, who was indicted as an alleged drug supplier.[4]

Wagner was hampered by injuries and health problems thereafter. He averaged a career-low 4.0 points in 11 games played during the 2004-05 season, and was hospitalized for ulcerative colitis. The Cavaliers did not exercise their option on his contract for the 2005-06 season and subsequently Wagner was out of the league.

His colitis condition was not amenable to medication and, after consulting with New York Knicks head coach Larry Brown, who referred him to a New York medical expert, Wagner underwent surgery to remove his entire colon on October 25, 2005, at Mount Sinai Hospital.

In April 2006, Wagner began training with former high school rival Omar Wellington at Nexxt Level Sports in Cherry Hill Township, New Jersey. During his recovery, he was featured in the Philadelphia Daily News and on Comcast SportsNet; both reported that he would be attempting a comeback for the 2006 season.

On September 22, 2006, he signed a two-year $1.6 million contract with the Golden State Warriors.[1] On November 20, two months after he recovered from a serious illness to make an NBA comeback, the Warriors bought out his contract after he had played one game and scored four points with the team.[7]

On August 31, 2007, Wagner signed a one-year contract with Prokom Trefl Sopot in Poland.[8][9] Averaging 8.3 points in six games, he returned to South Jersey after hurting his hip and reinjuring his knee in Poland.

On October 12, 2015, he decided to return to basketball and signed with the AmeriLeague.[10] However, the league folded after it was discovered that the founder was a con artist.[11]

Wagner has been a resident of West Deptford Township, New Jersey.[12] He returned home to West Deptford, where he saw a specialist who recommended surgery to remove his inflamed colon.

See also


  1. 1 2 "Wagner signs with Warriors after two years out of NBA". September 22, 2006. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  2. Strauss, Robert. " IN PERSON; Hoop Dreams Revisit Camden", The New York Times, February 13, 2000. Accessed April 6, 2008.
  3. "Cleveland Browns NFL Football". Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  4. 1 2 Philadelphia local news, sports, jobs, cars, homes - Philly.com Archived October 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. King, Jason (2009-03-17). "Just win, baby". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved March 9, 2011.
  6. Price, S. L. (2011-03-14). "Too Slick, Too Loud, Too Successful Why John Calipari Can't Catch A Break". Sports Illustrated. Time Inc. Retrieved March 9, 2011.
  7. "Tryout over: Warriors release little-used guard Wagner". November 21, 2006. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  8. "Prokom signs point guard Wagner". Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  9. Dajuan Wagner in Prokom Trefl! August 31, 2007
  10. "Dajuan Wagner Continues Comeback — Signs With AmeriLeague". AmeriLeague.com. October 12, 2015. Archived from the original on October 16, 2015. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  11. "AmeriLeague Founder Revealed As Con Artist". RealGM.com. October 22, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  12. Mannix, Chris. "Intestinal Fortitude; After surgery for colitis, Dajuan Wagner is trying to resume a career that once showed such promise", Sports Illustrated, September 11, 2006, backed up by the Internet Archive as of August 26, 2010. Accessed October 25, 2015.
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