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." Ager released his debut album, Moe Town Vol. 1, in 2013.
|Born||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|
|2008–2009||New Jersey Nets|
|2010||Maine Red Claws|
|Career highlights and awards|
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. 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. 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.
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. The next day Ager led the Spartans with 20 points to defeat Arizona 74–71 in overtime. 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. (George Mason would go on to the Final Four).
Ager finished his career with 1,554 points with Spartans.
While with the Mavericks in 2006, Ager was assigned to the Fort Worth Flyers of the D-League. 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. 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.
NBA career statisticsEdit
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|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|
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. 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." 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, 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.
- "Former NBA first-round pick, Grammy nominee follows passions". Sporting News. July 11, 2015. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
- "2002-03 Michigan State Spartans Roster and Stats | College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
- "2004-05 Michigan State Spartans Roster and Stats | College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
- "Maurice Ager Michigan State profile". Michigan State Spartans. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
- Dye, Dave (December 11, 2005). "Ager's stellar game does his talking now". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
- "Spartans beat out Wildcats in close game, finish third in Maui Invitational". CBSSports.com. November 23, 2005. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
- "George Mason vs. Michigan State - Game Recap - March 17, 2006 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
- "Maurice Ager College Stats | College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
- "Mavericks sign first-round pick Maurice Ager". ESPN.com. July 1, 2006. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
- MAVERICKS: Mavericks Recall Ager From Ft. Worth
- New Nets Arrive, but Harris's Debut Is Delayed
- "Wolves waive Ager, look to sign free-agent PG". ESPN.com. November 12, 2010. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
- Maurice Ager at Basketball-Reference.com
- Player profile