Dajuan Wagner Player Profile
Guard Dajuan Wagner, who worked out for the Bulls on Thursday, can put points on the board in a hurry.
May 23, 2002
After scoring 762 points to set a Memphis single-season scoring record and becoming the first freshman since 1982 to be mentioned for AP All-America honors, Dajuan Wagner decided it was time for the NBA. Wagner, who contemplated going straight to the league from high school, once scored 100 points in a game while at Camden High School (N.J.) and reminds some people of Philadelphia's Allen Iverson.
The 6-3, 200-pound Wagner was at the Berto Center on Thursday for a private workout with the Bulls. After the session, in which Illinois' Frank Williams and Arkansas' Jannero Pargo were also a part of, Wagner visited with Bulls.com and here is what he had to say:
How did your workout go?
"It went well. It was mostly a lot of drills and playing defense; a little bit of everything. It went all right."
You considered jumping to the NBA directly from high school. Are you glad that you went to Memphis for a year of college basketball?
"I'm definitely happy I went to school. It did a lot for me and it taught me a lot about the game. I'm more mature because of it and my game is better."
Some people are comparing you to Allen Iverson--is that a fair comparison to make? What position do you think you'll play in the NBA?
"[The comparison] is all right with me but I just have to go out and play. I've thought a little about my position but no matter what I'm just going to go out and do whatever the coaches ask me to do. I'm a guard that can be a high scorer and play the point too if that is what they ask me to do."
Who have you talked to for advice over the last few weeks and what are they telling you?
"I've tried to be around my family as much as possible. My dad [Dajuan's father Milt was a reserve guard for the 1988 World Champion Los Angeles Lakers and is currently Memphis' Coordinator of Basketball Operations] has been through this so he helps me out."
What do you know about the current Bulls team? Do you think you'd be a good fit?
"I know a lot about their team and think I would be a good fit. Two of them [Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry] I played with in high school as we were in the same class."
What's your take on Chicago in general?
"It's nice here and it's a basketball city. I've always liked it."
- Adam Fluck, Bulls.com
|DAJUAN WAGNER STATISTICS -- MEMPHIS|
|Three-point field goals: 2001-02, 66-for-208 (.317).|