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Dajuan Wagner Player Profile

  • Bulls Draft Central 2002
    Memphis guard Dajuan Wagner 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:


    Bulls.com:
    How did your workout go?

    Dajuan Wagner:
    "It went well. It was mostly a lot of drills and playing defense; a little bit of everything. It went all right."

    Bulls.com:
    You considered jumping to the NBA directly from high school. Are you glad that you went to Memphis for a year of college basketball?

    Wagner:
    "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."

    Bulls.com:
    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?

    Wagner:
    "[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."

    Bulls.com:
    Who have you talked to for advice over the last few weeks and what are they telling you?

    Wagner:
    "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."

    Bulls.com:
    What do you know about the current Bulls team? Do you think you'd be a good fit?

    Wagner:
    "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."

    Bulls.com:
    What's your take on Chicago in general?

    Wagner:
    "It's nice here and it's a basketball city. I've always liked it."

    - Adam Fluck, Bulls.com


    DAJUAN WAGNER STATISTICS -- MEMPHIS
    SEASON G FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
    2001-02 36 265 647 .410 166 230 .722 89 128 43 20 762 21.2
    Three-point field goals: 2001-02, 66-for-208 (.317).