Maurice Ager

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Maurice Ager
Personal information
Born (1984-02-09) February 9, 1984 (age 35)
Detroit, Michigan
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High schoolCrockett (Detroit, Michigan)
CollegeMichigan State (2002–2006)
NBA draft2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
Playing career2006–2010
PositionShooting guard
Career history
20062008Dallas Mavericks
2006–2007Fort Worth Flyers
2008Tulsa 66ers
20082009New Jersey Nets
2009–2010Cajasol Sevilla
2010Maine Red Claws
2010Minnesota Timberwolves
Career highlights and awards
  • 2x Second-team All-Big Ten (2005, 2006)

Maurice Darnell Ager (born February 9, 1984) is an American former professional basketball player. He played at the collegiate level for the Michigan State Spartans from 2002 until 2006,Ager also earned a spot on the 19 and under USA basketball team in the summer of 2004. The 6' 5" (1.95 m) guard was best known for being salary filler in the 2008 trade between the Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey Nets, which centered on all-stars Jason Kidd and Devin Harris. Ager is also an accomplished music producer and was considered for a Grammy Award for his song "Far From Home."[1] Ager released his debut album, Moe Town Vol. 1, in 2013.

Basketball career[edit]

College[edit]

Ager attended Michigan State from 2002–2007. In his freshman year, he averaged 6.7 points per game as the Spartans advanced to the Elite Eight before losing to Texas.[2] As a sophomore in 2004, he increased his scoring average to 8.5 points per game while averaging 22.5 minutes per game. The Spartans, who were ranked No. 3 in the country to begin the season, faded late in the year and were ousted in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.

In 2005, Ager was the top scorer for Michigan State, averaging 14.1 points per game while averaging 26.3 minutes per game.[3] He led the Spartans to the Final Four by defeating Kentucky in a memorable 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 National Champions.[4]

Ager again led the Spartans in scoring in 2006, as he averaged 9.3 points per game as a senior. 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.[5] The next day Ager led the Spartans with 20 points to defeat Arizona 74–71 in overtime.[6] Despite this, the Spartans did not live up to the expectations that analysts put on them. Once ranked No. 5 in the country, they received a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to George Mason in the First Round.[7] (George Mason would go on to the Final Four).

Ager finished his career with 1,554 points with Spartans.[8]

Professional career[edit]

On June 28, 2006, Ager was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA draft with the 28th overall pick.[9]

While with the Mavericks in 2006, Ager was assigned to the Fort Worth Flyers of the D-League.[10] Ager would appear in 32 games in his rookie season for the Mavericks. He appeared in 12 games for the Mavericks in 2007–08. However, 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.[11] During this time, he also played in the NBA's D-League. Ager would appear in 14 games for the Nets and 20 games in 2008–09. Following his stint with the Nets, he played in the D-League and Spain. After appearing four games for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2010, he was waived November 11, 2010.[12]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Dallas 32 1 6.7 .314 .333 .606 .7 .2 .1 .1 2.2
2007–08 Dallas 12 3 6.4 .185 .000 .833 .3 .3 .0 .1 1.3
2007–08 New Jersey 14 0 6.3 .421 .273 .167 .6 .3 .0 .0 2.6
2008–09 New Jersey 20 0 4.9 .349 .000 .500 .5 .2 .1 .1 1.7
2010–11 Minnesota 4 0 7.3 .545 .750 .000 .5 .3 .3 .0 3.8
Career 82 4 6.2 .339 .250 .566 .6 .2 .1 .1 2.1

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007 Dallas 3 0 8.0 .556 .667 .500 1.0 .0 .0 .0 5.0
Career 3 0 8.0 .556 .667 .500 1.0 .0 .0 .0 5.0

Music career[edit]

As a music producer, Ager's musical talent is becoming ever increasingly known and recognized, a talent which he has developed since his teenage years.[1] In 2013, he was nominated for Producer of the Year at the EOTM Awards in Los Angeles. Ager received ballot consideration for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards for his single, "Far From Home."[1] He has produced for not only himself but artists such as Royce Da 5'9, E-40, Lazy Bone,Tobenwige,Major Williams,Marcus Moody,Yukmouf, Rashaun Will,[13][14] and B-Real of Cypress Hill. One of Ager's most popular works is his single, "Forever I'm a Spartan," which was released as an anthem for the Michigan State University football team in 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Former NBA first-round pick, Grammy nominee follows passions". Sporting News. July 11, 2015. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  2. ^ "2002-03 Michigan State Spartans Roster and Stats | College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  3. ^ "2004-05 Michigan State Spartans Roster and Stats | College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  4. ^ "Maurice Ager Michigan State profile". Michigan State Spartans. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  5. ^ Dye, Dave (December 11, 2005). "Ager's stellar game does his talking now". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  6. ^ "Spartans beat out Wildcats in close game, finish third in Maui Invitational". CBSSports.com. November 23, 2005. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  7. ^ "George Mason vs. Michigan State - Game Recap - March 17, 2006 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  8. ^ "Maurice Ager College Stats | College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  9. ^ "Mavericks sign first-round pick Maurice Ager". ESPN.com. July 1, 2006. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  10. ^ MAVERICKS: Mavericks Recall Ager From Ft. Worth
  11. ^ New Nets Arrive, but Harris's Debut Is Delayed
  12. ^ "Wolves waive Ager, look to sign free-agent PG". ESPN.com. November 12, 2010. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  13. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-show-off/id761283453?i=761283488
  14. ^ https://twitter.com/rashaunwill

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