|High School Basketball:
Camden In South Jersey Group 3 Finals
Saturday, March 3, 2001
By Vincent Lewis
SJSports Staff Writer
Dajuan Wagner and the Panthers from Camden High had little problem advancing to the South Jersey Group 3 finals against Woodrow Wilson. The High jumped out and never looked back as Wagner scored 36 point in route to their 76-57 victory. Next on tap for Camden will be Middle Township and will be played at the neutral site of Eastern High School.
With over 3,300 points during his high school career (and counting) including scoring 100 points in a single game, Dajuan Wagner has been the player to watch not only in South Jersey but in the country. This senior guard from Camden High has been considered the all time best player from South Jersey and the best player in the country. If you haven't heard of this extremely talent young player, then you must have been stuck in a permanent now storm like the one that will hit the Philadelphia and the South Jersey area this weekend.
Woodrow Wilson (19-8) watched an early lead evaporated quickly early in the first quarter as Camden led after the first quarter 18-12. The second quarter seemed to be the Tigers' chance to close the gap when Wagner was on the bench. This was a team that had more than one player. James Pulliam began to take charge as "The High" expanded their lead and went into the locker room at the half leading by eleven.
Wagner would return in the third quarter and there was little hope for Wilson to mount a comeback. The fans would watch the Panthers play their final home game. Wagner would be playing basketball next season at the University of Memphis. Or will this talent young star make that huge leap into the NBA? Stay tuned and enjoy the ride.
Photos by Forrest Robleto