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February 9, 1984 |
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||202 lb (92 kg)|
|High school||Crockett (Detroit, Michigan)|
|College||Michigan State (2002–2006)|
|NBA draft||2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall|
|Selected by the Dallas Mavericks|
|2006–2007||Fort Worth Flyers (NBDL)|
|2008||Tulsa 66ers (NBDL)|
|2008–2009||New Jersey Nets|
|2009–2010||Cajasol Sevilla (Spain)|
|2010||Maine Red Claws (NBDL)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Maurice Darnell Ager (born February 9, 1984) is an American professional basketball player. He played collegiately for the Michigan State Spartans from 2002 until 2006. The 6' 5" (1.95 m) guard was best known for his athleticism and pure shooting.
In 2005, Ager was the top scorer for Michigan State, who reached the Final Four by defeating the Kentucky Wildcats in a classic double-overtime game in the Elite Eight. He was named to the Austin All-Regional team after averaging 16.8 points and 5 rebounds a game. Ager scored 24 points against North Carolina in the Final Four, but the Spartans lost to the eventual champions.
Even though Ager averaged a team-high 19.3 points a game, the Spartans did not live up to the expectations analysts gave them. Once ranked #5 in the country, they received a #6 seed in the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to George Mason in the first round. (George Mason went on to the Final Four.) Ager finished his career with 1,554 points with Spartans.
2005 Maui Invitational Tournament
On November 22, 2005, at the Maui Invitational Tournament, Ager faced off against Gonzaga's Adam Morrison in one of the most thrilling battles of the year. Down by three with virtually no time remaining on the clock, Ager sank a three-point shot at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. Despite Ager's team-high 36 points, Gonzaga knocked off the Spartans in triple overtime 109–106. The next day Ager led the Spartans with 20 points to defeat Arizona 74–71 in overtime.
On June 28, 2006, Ager was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Draft with the 28th overall pick. He played his first game in a Mavs uniform on July 1, 2006, for the Mavericks Summer League Team against the Nigerian national team. He led the Mavs with 23 points, nine rebounds, two assists, and a steal. His 23 points included a huge three-pointer with 2:15 to go to put the Mavs up by 1 and ahead for the rest of the way. The Mavs won 89–85.
On July 6, 2006, the Mavericks' Summer League Team played their first game of the Toshiba Vegas Summer League, in which they fared extremely poorly against the Denver Nuggets Summer League Team, losing 85–113. Ager again led the way for the Mavs though, putting up a respectable team-high 17 points. On July 8, 2006, the Mavs faced off against the Boston Celtics Summer League Team, losing once again, 91–85. Ager led the team once again with 23 points and 2 assists. Despite a dislocated index finger, Ager continued to consistently lead the Mavericks through the end of the Toshiba Vegas Summer League and was named to First Team All-TVSL.
While with the Mavericks in 2006, Ager was assigned to the Fort Worth Flyers of the D-League. On February 19, 2008, Ager was traded, among others, by the Mavericks to the New Jersey Nets in a multi-player deal involving point guard Jason Kidd.
NBA career statistics
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|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
- Maurice Ager at Basketball-Reference.com
- Player profile