Where Are These Former No. 1 High School Basketball Players?

2001: Dajuan Wagner (Memphis)

A quick and explosive guard, Wagner was the talk of the town in the Tri-State area for years. He had a penchant for scoring the basketball in every which way — whether it was pulling up from three or driving into the paint for dynamic finishes around the rim. The legend of Wagner came when he scored 100 points in a high school game as a senior (and averaged over 40 PPG for that year). John Calipari got Wagner to sign with Memphis — where he averaged 21.2 PPG in his only collegiate season.

Cleveland took Wagner No. 6 Overall in the 2002 NBA Draft. Although he did average 13.4 PPG as a rookie, the rest of his career was quite disappointing. Health issues limited Wagner to only 56 games played over the final four years of his career. By age 23, he was out of the NBA. Interestingly enough, Wagner still has a chance to live out an NBA dream through his son. DaJuan Wagner Jr. is an elite high school basketball player to the point where he has offers from all of the major blueblood programs.

Other noteworthy players from his H.S. class: Kwame Brown, Eddy Curry, David Lee, Tyson Chandler

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