Maurice Ager #13 SF

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Scouting report: Ager has decent size and was advertised as a shooter entering the 2006 draft. But he’s only 8-for-34 on NBA 3-pointers in his career, and a Josh Boone-like 26-for-45 from the line. He’s at least shot OK in the D-League (38.2 percent on 3s), though with horrid secondary stats.

2008-09 outlook: The Mavs picked up his third-year option before trading him to New Jersey last year, so Ager will have guaranteed money this year. If the Nets don’t buy him out, he’ll sit behind the bench all year thumbing through a copy of “Lonely Planet: Eastern Europe.” Otherwise, he can get a head start on finding a league that’s more commensurate with his talent level.

Background

College:
Played all four seasons at Michigan State University (MSU)…Left MSU ranked 11th in MSU career scoring (1,554 points) and fourth in 3-pointers made (202)…As a senior, averaged 19.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists…Shot 45.7% from the floor, 37.6% from 3-point range and 76.1% from the line…Named All-Big Ten Second Team by media and Third Team by coaches…Named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team after averaging 19.0 points over three contests…Scored a team-high 27 points vs. George Mason in the first round of the NCAA Tournament…Named All-Big Ten Second Team by coaches and Third Team by media his junior season…Named to the Austin All-Regional Team after averaging 16.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in the first four games of the 2005 NCAA Tournament…Scored a season-high 24 points vs. UNC in the Final Four, including a perfect 10-of-10 from the foul line…Member of the 2003 USA Basketball Junior World Championship Team that posted a 7-1 record in Greece, averaging 6.6 points and 3.0 rebounds.

Personal

  • Born in Detroit, Mich.
  • Majored in Interdisciplinary Humanities
  • Son of Melvin Rucker and Mattie Ager
  • Passion for local hospitals and children that suffer from asthma…contributes his time with area hospitals to raise awareness for asthma
  • 2002 The Detroit News Dream Team member after averaging 24.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals as a senior at Crockett High School
  • 2002 Detroit Free Press Class B All-State.
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